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5 Bold Predictions from Viking Nation. What are your’s?



Nik Edlund of Viking Nation has just released his 5 Bold Predictions for the 2013 season. I can’t say that I agree with all of them as there is a definite “Homer” element to it. But take a look at his, then shoot us your own predictions for the upcoming season.

5. Greg Jennings will play in less than 10 regular season games.

I hate to shower the Vikings big free agency signing with a shot of negativity but deep in my hair covered gut, I feel Jennings will get injured.  It will cost him some games but will help the rise of Cordarrelle Patterson, who has a breakout rookie season with the added playing time.

4. Christian Ponder will throw for 3,500 yards with 26 TDs and 11 interceptions.

If Ponder is ever going to prove he can be a franchise QB, this is the year.  He’s got Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, a healthy Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright, and Kyle Rudolph to throw to.  He has no more excuses.  If Ponder can’t reach, or at least approach these numbers this year, he never will.

3. Everson Griffen will lead the team in sacks with 13.

Griffen blew up last season with 8 sacks.  By years end he was arguably the most explosive pass rusher on the Vikings defensive line.  Defensive coordinator Alan Williams is just getting the hang of how to use this special player and should increase his snaps and get creative with him by lining him up anywhere on the front seven.

2. Adrian Peterson will rush for 2,106 yards, setting the all-time record.

Adrian Peterson is one player I’d never bet against.  He ran for over 2,000 yards last season with no help from the passing game.  If Ponder and his new weapons can provide even a mediocre passing attack, it will open up huge holes for Adrian.  Granted he could lose some carries, but it would also increase his chances for longer runs.

1. The Minnesota Vikings will win the Super Bowl.

If we are going with bold predictions, why not make the boldest one of them all?  The Vikings are a solid all-around team who could realistically make a deep playoff run.  They have a much improved arsenal of receivers which should help their anemic passing attack.  They have a much better backup QB in place in case Ponder gets hurt.  Their offensive line is intact from a year ago.  They have a defensive line that is chock full of guys playing in contract years.  They added Desmond Bishop to their linebacking corps, which is a huge upgrade.  They have a playmaker at safety in Harrison Smith, and while they are young at corner, both Xavier Rhodes and Chris Cook have great size and will match-up well with any team’s no. 1 wideout.  They have the best young kicker in the game.  And, oh yeah, they have no. 28 carrying the football.




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3 Responses to “5 Bold Predictions from Viking Nation. What are your’s?”

  1. supascout says:

    5) This will be Jared Allen’s last year in purple.
    4) The Defense will be a top 5 run and a top 10 pass stopper
    3) AD will set an NFL rushing record single game or season
    2) The team will trade a TE trade before the deadline
    1) The Vikings will once again have the NFL rookie of the year on its roster

  2. CSlinde says:

    My prediction is if our leading sacker has only 13 sacks, The Vikings will not win the Super Bowl.

  3. Anton says:

    All are feasible even the SB prediction, with FA the NFL has changed and every team has a chance before the season. Look at last year, in the past when a team gets the #1 pick the do not reach the playoffs, last year 3 of teams that had the first 4 picks went to the playoffs, Colts, Skins, Vikes with Cleveland at #3 not making it. Once you get to the playoffs anyone can make it, look back at the Giants, backed into the playoffs, beat Tampa, had to play Dallas who beat them twice during the season, off to GB in Jan. beat them and then had to play the 16-0 Patriots…Talk about a long shot when the playoffs started, last year the Vikes beat GB, Ponder shredded them up, if had played in the playoffs instead of Webb it might have been different, once I heard Webb was starting I knew they would lose. Goal is to make it to the playoffs then like the Giants it is up for grabs, 16-0, 15-1, 14-2 means nothing…

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