Minnesota Vikings 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – When the infamous #4 stepped into the locker room in Minneapolis, everything changed. QB Brett Favre was now the signal caller for the Minnesota Vikings after years of terrorizing the franchise with the Green Bay Packers. Favre put together the year of his career, as he was a legitimate MVP candidate after throwing for 4,202 yards and 33 TDs against a career best seven INTs. However, the season was cut a tad bit short in the NFC Championship Game, as Favre was picked off on his final throw of the season (and possibly his career), which set up the New Orleans Saints to kick the game winning field goal and put the team in the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.

Key Addition – RB Toby Gerhart – Save perhaps Clemson’s CJ Spiller, Gerhart might have been the best running back prospect in the entire draft. We are going to sort of foreshadow the biggest loss that we feel this team incurred in the offseason by saying that RB Adrian Peterson was in need of some depth to help him out toting the rock, especially if the Minnesota Vikings don’t get Favre back. Gerhart is the perfect fit in the perfect system, as he will be able to carry the ball 8-10 times per game and bowl over defenders when he does so.

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Key Loss – RB Chester Taylor – It’s not just that Taylor left the Vikes, but it’s that he went to the Chicago Bears. Peterson’s personal backup plan rushed for 338 yards on 94 very important carries to spell “Purple Jesus” last season. Taylor could put up fantastic numbers now that he could be a featured back in the Windy City. Obviously if Favre doesn’t come back though, he is the biggest loss that this team could possibly suffer.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Favre comes back and keeps his head on straight. If not, we have no confidence that either QB Sage Rosenfels or QB Tarvaris Jackson has the ability to lead this team to wins on a regular basis. Favre not only has to play, but take care of the football as well for Minnesota to repeat as NFC North champs.

The Crucial Game – The opening game of the season in New Orleans is going to be critical regardless of who is under center. Minnesota has to prove that it isn’t going to be pushed around by the Saints again this year. Aside from that, this match, the first of the NFL betting campaign for any team, may be for home field advantage in the playoffs in the NFC.

Predictions – Even if the Vikings do get Favre back, we have a feeling that the Packers have improved too much to be caught. Still, #4 is going to be the difference between making the playoffs and missing it in a conference that is incredibly wide open. We like the offensive weapons on this team, as WRs Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin are both great complements to Peterson, but without a competent quarterback, the engine won’t run smoothly.

2010 Minnesota Vikings Regular Season Schedule

9/9 @ NO (-4)
9/19 vs. MIA
9/26 vs. DET
Bye
10/11 @ NYJ
10/17 vs. DAL
10/24 @ GB
10/31 @ NE
11/7 vs. ARZ
11/14 @ CHI
11/21 vs. GB
11/28 @ WAS
12/5 vs. BUF
12/12 vs. NYG
12/20 vs. CHI
12/26 @ PHI
1/2 @ DET

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