Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/25/12
Every year is full of surprising teams, some young, some otherwise.In 2010, the Bucs were that team, going 10-6.  Since then, they are 6-16, completely failing to repeat their success.  Freeman hasn’t been the QB he was in his sophomore year, and the team is trying to rebuild after firing their head coach.Meanwhile, the Vikings were worse than the Bucs with an abysmal 3-13 record, and suddenly look ready to win the division at 5-2.  They may finally have their franchise QB in Christian Ponder rather than aging stopgap like Brett Favre or Donovan McNabb.This week, the winner shouldn’t be a surprise.  The Vikings are far and away the better team, and should pick up the home win this week.  Final score- 24-13.However, this won’t be as easy as it would be for a true contender.  The Vikings have had a strong ground game since they drafted Adrian Peterson in 2007, and the defense is usually effective (except last year, when they were 21st in the league, allowing 358.2 yards per game).  Wh...
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