The Minnesota Vikings are one of the biggest surprises in the NFL so far this season. They currently sit in third place in the NFC North with a record of 5-4, sandwiched between the 7-1 Chicago Bears and the 6-3 Green Bay Packers. This is not a position that Vikings fans have been used to holding in recent years, and the fans have to be wondering if this team is for real.
Happily for Vikings fans, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
The return of Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson has been nothing short of miraculous. Last Christmas Eve, he was carted off the field with a completely destroyed knee. He tore his MCL, ACL and his meniscus. The timeline for a recovery from such a severe injury is normally around a year.
Well, the extreme hard work and dedication of Peterson to his recovery had him back practicing in full pads less than eight months after his injury. Now he is tearing up defenses once again, and it looks like he will continue to be one of the best running backs in the league for a long time to come.
As surprising and welcome as the return of Peterson is, it is not the most surprising thing about this Vikings team. That would have to be the breakout performance of young, star quarterback Christian Ponder. This second-year player out of Florida State is wowing his teammates and opponents both. He was the last QB in the league to throw an interception this season.
It didn’t happen until the fifth game against the Tennessee Titans. He did have a poor performance against the Washington Redskins last week, but he still has a very healthy QB rating of 92.4 with eight TD passes to just four interceptions. He will have some growing pains like he did against Washington, but expect Ponder to remain solid and help guide this team to a good year.
As much as the offensive stars like Peterson and Ponder have shined this year, it is the defense that is the real star of this team. Jared Allen has been his usual ferocious self, sacking opposing quarterbacks left and right. It was not until the loss to Washington that the defense allowed an opponent to score 0 points in a game. They have limited their opponents to an average of just 19.5 points a game thus far this season, and there is no reason that they can’t keep it up.
Vikings fans should be really excited about the future of this young team. They are for real, and they have a shot at battling for a playoff spot this year. Fans should buy their Minnesota Vikings tickets soon and come see this team compete against the division the rest of the year. They still have home games against the Bears, Lions and Packers to play. These games should all be highly entertaining, and those lucky enough to get Minnesota Vikings tickets for these contests will be in for a treat.