Wednesday, August 10, 2005

NFC North Minnesota Vikings



Finished 2004 season 8-8, 2nd place in the NFC North behind the Packers

Key returning starters:
Daunte Culpepper – QB
Nate Burleson – WR
Marcus Robinson – WR
Jermaine Wiggins – TE
Michael Bennett - RB

The Vikings are now Moss-Less, having traded the most athletic WR in the NFL to the Raiders in order to cut the controversy Moss causes in the locker room. Also the loss of Ontario Smith for the season for a violation of the leagues substance abuse policy – how will this affect the Vikings offensively? The off-season moves the Vikings made only improved their weak defense and hope the combination of players will give them the edge in the NFC North.

2004 Stats:
Ranked 4th overall in offense, #2 ranked in NFC
Ranked 28th overall in defense, #15 ranked in NFC

Your thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings this upcoming 2005 season...strengths/weaknesses and your prediction on where they will finish in the division.

18 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

I actually think the Vikings will be just fine without Moss. They will finish in 2nd place behind the Packers...again...and probably fail in the playoffs....again. Lets face it, Randy Moss made that offense really click. Sure Culpepper is a pretty darn good QB, but without Moss, teams don't have to necessarily worry about the deep threat any longer. Burleson and Robinson will of course handle quite a load, but even combined, they don't carry the mystic that Moss carried onto the field.

Intimidation is a key factor is being one of the best, you're so good that opposing teams make a game plan to counter you as an individual. Moss had that, and when the Vikings lost it, opposing teams will come up with an even better counter-plan to shut down Culpepper.

Not to mention their problems on defense...they had a busy offseason defensively, picking up CB Fred Smoot and received Napoleon Harris in the trade for Randy Moss - but can that be enough to help one of the worst defenses in the league?

My thoughts are yes, Smoot and Harris are solid and will help this defense tremendously, but the loss of Randy Moss will hurt them offensively, therefore keeping this team as an average team, probably finishing 9-7, 2nd place in the NFC North.

8:55 AM  
Blogger RED said...

I'm picking the Vikings to take the division this year. I think without Moss and Wizonator they will be better off. I really like Michael Bennett who has came of a couple of injury plagues seasons but I think he is ready to roll this year, the cat has unbelievable speed and in the open field he is dangerous. Daunte Culpepper is a proven leader and he showed this while dealing with Moss's antics. The defense is a lot better especially with the addition of stand out linebacker Napoleon Harris. Look for Napoleon to be a shoe in for a pro bowl spot and lead the once dismal defense to a successful campaign. The only real weak spot I see on this team would be the coach, coach Tyce just doesn't have what it takes to be a coach in the NFL but and yes but! if his team can carry him with pure talent they will go far, unfortunately in the playoffs there is strategy involved a lot more and this will force the Vikes to bounce out of the playoffs early. 11-5 1st place.

2:24 PM  
Blogger RED said...

As for my thoughts on fantasy football for this team I think there are a handful of great players to pick up on this team. I think with the departure of Moss, Culpepper can be a 2nd, 3rd round sleeper if he don't get snagged late in the 1st. As for the receivers I'd have to say that Robinson and Burleson are perfect candidate for a 3rd receiver. It's going to be really interesting to see the numbers compile for this high powered offense. If Michael Bennet stays healthy he might not be a bad choice for a back up running back. Wiggins is also a damn good pick up, the TE is in familiar territory with Culpepper and should snag about 60 passes this season but most importantly score 8-10 TD's. Not bad at all for a TE. As for the Vikings defense, well they were a great pick up a few years back when they led the league in turn overs but they are still up proven but still worth snagging up as a late choice. lots of possible sleepers on this team. Can't wait to see!

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're purple, and they eat people.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tell you now the Vikes are gonna be bangers with out Moss and take the NFL down. Watch my Vikes go to the superbowl baby! How bout them Vikes!

You need to keep an eye on the new linebacker Napoleon Harris that dude is one hell of a linebacker. he led the Raiders in tackles as a rookie. Dude was just born to play the position. Culpepper 38 TD's 13 Int's 4356 Yards.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Lance said...

Apparently my thief of my seven year old son might be headed to the land of purple. Please impress my child as he is 7& a great football presence. Kostiuk boys are the best bloodline for local greatness true that.... but you still got work to get it done>> work for him thanks go Denver!!

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