Vikings: Born to run
July 31, 2008
You know, it's kind of fitting that this Vikings preview is running the day after our Packers preview because, well, aside from the Packers, the Vikings would seem to be the best fit for Brett Favre should he end up playing in the NFL this season.
Of course the Packers' brass will likely do whatever it takes to keep that from happening, but it's fun to think about (or was fun to think about before the saga was painfully over-reported). After all, the Vikings appear to be on the brink of greatness, if only they had a consistent starter under center. As it stands, the Vikings are Favre-less at the beginning of training camp, which isn't the end of the world since they can hang their collective hats on the running ability of second-year back Adrian Peterson.
Peterson was one of the NFL's biggest stories last season, bursting onto the scene to rack up six 100-yard rushing games and two games with more than 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including an NFL single-game record 296 yards against San Diego. No one will be taking him lightly this year, but that shouldn't keep him from being one of the premier performers in fantasy football. Chester Taylor, who would be a starter on many NFL teams, serves as Peterson's backup and a worthwhile bench player for any fantasy team.
Tarvaris Jackson is the team's quarterback, and for the Vikings to go far he'll have to do his best "Trent-Dilfer-circa-2000" impression. He has a few weapons to throw to -- including newly acquired WR Bernard Berrian -- but that won't help if he hasn't improved since last season.
A retooled defense that added sackmaster Jared Allen to the mix this offseason should help the Vikings make the postseason. But just imagine if they could somehow land Favre...