Souhan: Vikings are better than you think

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2013 - 12:22 AM

A mix of Peterson and returning experience spells big potential for this season. Trust me.

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dch6859Sep. 7, 13 7:42 PM

FYI the league's calmest coach has a .421 winning percentage, pathetic. We can only hope the Wilfs have Billick, Gruden or Cowher on speed dial as the losses pile up.

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vsharkeySep. 7, 13 8:09 PM

Reason #10, the MVP, says it all. A.P. carries this team. Without him your other 9 reasons wouldn't matter at all.

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tvzzSep. 7, 13 8:15 PM

JIM SOUHAN must be kidding and the people of mn paid 500mm to keep this team,lol.

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sadvikingSep. 7, 13 8:21 PM

Frazier may have a .421 record, but that is far from the real story, isn't it... The truth is, he inherited a train wreck of a team - in a less than ideal situation. He had lost his offseason, new coordinators, drama in the locker room, etc. He started that season with worm-burning McNabb (though that was his choice) and a project rookie QB that also suffered from all of the difficulties listed above. That season was bad...period. However, in his second year there was virtually no drama (at least in public). His team went 10-6 and made the playoffs. Reports from players are that players really like Frazier - which will help attract talent. While the team's performance was far from perfect, it was definitely inspired by work ethic and desire. That comes from a coach.

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kennyrogersSep. 7, 13 8:23 PM

I just can't buy that. I am much more confident with Matt Cassel at quarterback, because Christian has really never shown anything. Frazier is learning as he's going, and is only a marginal coach. Chilly was better. And graduating one senior is not really the best descrption. We have too many seniors....senior citizens that is. And with Kevin Williams and Shariff Floyd both injured, our defensive backfield looks stronger than our front line. And don't even get me started on our linebacking corps. And lastly, Adrian can't possibly match or even come close to last season's incredible performance. All in all, they probably ARE better than I think, because that's not saying much!

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JayschSep. 7, 13 8:36 PM

I predict the Vikings are going to win some games this year.

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brotherddaySep. 7, 13 8:37 PM

Jim, you pretty much nailed it. Having said that, I still don't see more than 5 wins this year. They are weak at QB and have a very tough schedule. AP will NOT do as well as last year, and that def. line is getting old. Robison and Griffin are all you can hang your hat on up there at the line, then. That secondary better pray they bring some pressure with Stafford, A-Rog and Cutler looking to carve them up. Skol all you want, 5-11 is optimistic, vikes fans. They could EASILY be 0-2 before Cleveland comes to town. Then what, homers??? Sniff.

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bruisedupSep. 7, 13 8:47 PM

I'll agree with the points made here by Souhan and a comment made by Mark Craig a few weeks ago where he stated that the Vikings could be a better team this year but have a worse record. The biggest mistake to me isn't to therefore overestimate the Vikings. The biggest mistake is to underestimate the teams that the Vikings will be playing and right now that's where I run into trouble because I just don't see any team that blows me away with being a dominant team. I see the Vikings matching up with any team if they're focused like the end of last year.

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leifericsonSep. 7, 13 8:51 PM

Need to have Kiln MS on speed dial.

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andrewstar82Sep. 7, 13 8:56 PM

There are many reasons to believe the Vikings have a solid opportunity to be a successful team this season. During the Preseason the Vikings 1st team defense was excellent Kevin Williams may be injured, but in nickle packages Everson Griffen comes in and plays 2 gap along side Kevin Williams (now Shariff Floyd) with the Lions passing on more than 60% of their plays the Vikings will be in the nickle a majority of the game, and I expect Griffen to get many snaps pass rushing with Floyd Allen and Robinson. NFL "Experts" are worried the Vikings can not cover Calvin Johnson and that will lead the Lions to a victory on sunday, however last year a healthy Chris Cook held Megatron to 5 catches for 53 yds and 0 Tds, Allen Williams will roll Harrison Smith over the top of Megatron making it very difficult for Johnson to make big plays. The Lions also will have three new starters on the offensive line, including Riley Rieff who will have to go toe to toe with a now healthy Jared Allen. Offensively the Vikings are returning their entire offensive line which will show a stronger form of chemistry; plus the best defense is a strong offense. Expect Adrian Peterson to carry the football 25-30 times for over 100 yards, but the main part behind that is we give the ball to Adrian and control the football and the clock keeping the ball away from Stafford. Last season Christian Ponder had 8 games where he was an above average to good quarterback, in those games the vikings were 7-1; we dont need an Aaron Rodgers under center for us, we just need Ponder to hit a few passes and move the chains on third down from time to time. Finally Patterson will make some big plays on sunday, he was electric when he got the ball in his hands in the return game, The lions will work to take away Adrian Peterson by stacking 9 guys in the box and their safety will be sure to cover probowl MVP Kyle Rudolph, this will give Patterson some chances in one on one coverage and the rookie will prove to viking nation he was worth the 1st round choice. The vikings will prove the league and their experts wrong; we just need to stand behind our team and show our horns with some work we can challenge for a NFC North crown.

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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