The 2012 Minnesota Vikings are already in trouble. Last season, they went 3-13, and by looking at this upcoming season’s schedule, I see maybe one game that they can possibly win. With their All Pro running back coming off a gruesome injury, a second year quarterback who has only one viable receiver, who, by the way, demanded a trade, this very week. They still have a couple of weapons on defense, and they drafted a stud offensive lineman in the offseason. But none of that will make them a viable team in 2012.
Fantasy Football Studs: Adrian Peterson has been holding it down for Fantasy Footballers for years now. He has been a top 5 fantasy player ever since he came into the league. That could all end this year, due to the horrific injury he suffered last year. Many have questioned whether he will ever play again. Apparently, he’s gonna try. So because of that, you can’t count him out. Toby Gerhart did a decent job filling in for AP, but he’s no Peterson and no stud. Percy Harvin, who asked to be traded, is another stud….when he’s on the field. He has suffered from migraines which impedes his ability to even get suited up. But when he plays, he’s electric.
Area of Strength: It will be interesting to see if there will be any areas of strength for the Vikings this season. The running game will be featured a lot, even if Peterson isn’t a factor. Gerhart is a bruiser, but he lacks swiftness and quickness. He can be an asset as a good pass catcher out of the backfield. Another possible strength is the Minnesota defense. Jared Allen is still a monster, and will wreak havoc in the opponent’s backfield. He will also continue to hog tie QBs even while being double and triple teamed.
Area of Weakness: The Vikings still have their work cut out for them on offense. And with an unstable passing game, it’s going to be an uphill battle. Christian Ponder is capable, and he will definitely get some much-needed help from new draftee Matt Kalil on the offensive line. But outside of Harvin, there are no other decent receiving options. The other receivers are not worth mentioning, so I won’t. So, needless to say, the passing and receiving game will struggle through the entire 2012 season.
2012 Marquee Matchups: Aside from the divisional games, the Vikings have a few other match ups. Week 3, they face the 49ers. Week 6 AP goes back to Washington where he acquired his injury last season. Close to Christmas, they head to Texas to face the Texans Week 16.
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