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The 2013 NFL season is underway. The league opened the season with the Broncos and Ravens Thursday night. The rest of the NFL action begins Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota Vikings look to start the season on a positive note against the Detroit Lions Sunday at 1 PM ET. The Vikings are looking to make the playoffs on consecutive seasons and hope to improve on a surprising turnaround to the end of the 2012 season. Not only do they want to make the playoffs, but they want to make a deep playoff run this season. In order for this success Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder will need to keep the offense moving down the field without turning the ball over. On the other side of the ball the defense needs to restrict opposing offenses on making big plays down the field.
First of all, Christian Ponder in my opinion is the biggest catalyst for the Vikings 2013 success. When Ponder is able to make big plays with his feet and in the play-action passing game the offense has no problem driving down the field. I expect Ponder to spread the ball not only to Kyle Rudolph but more importantly newly acquired Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. It will be interesting to see how Mr. Ponder’s third season plays out.
Greg Jennings making a play on the ball. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)
I think the receiving core has improved significantly in the offseason. The ill-fortuned Percy Harvin is gone and another playmaker takes his place with the addition of Patterson via 1st round draft pick. Perhaps the largest impact will come with the veteran presence of Greg Jennings. Jennings has already been meshing well with the Vikings staff and has provided guidance to the younger receivers. The only question comes with his age and health. I believe if Jennings can stay healthy the entire season Ponder will have a great season. The Vikings receiving core is shaping up to be an electric group compared to the past few seasons of mediocre receiver play.
As you would expect, Adrian Peterson will have another fantastic season. I expect Peterson to give the single-season rushing record a run for it’s money. For the Vikings to have any success in the passing game, the run game has to be in full force especially if Ponder wants to spread the field when defenses load up the box to stop AP.
On the defensive side of the ball the secondary has improved with the addition of CB Xavier Rhodes. The secondary improved throughout the past season with the emergence of Harrison Smith’s uncanny ability to always be around the ball in pass defense as well as coming up to lay the wood on backs and receivers. It’s important that Xavier Rhodes and Chris Cook stay healthy the entire season. Rhodes was a standout corner for Florida State and brings youth to a position plagued by injury in the past.
Vikings 2013 Schedule Breakdown
@ Detroit Lions W
@ Chicago Bears W
vs Cleveland Browns W
vs Pittsburgh Steelers L
vs Carolina Panthers W
@ New York Giants L
vs Green Bay Packers L
@ Dallas Cowboys W
vs Washington Redskins L
@ Seattle Seahawks L
@ Green Bay Packers L
vs Chicago Bears L
@ Baltimore Ravens W
vs Philadelphia Eagles W
@ Cincinnati Bengals W
vs Detroit Lions W
Projected regular season record: 9-7
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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson went 78-yards for the TD against the Lions on his first touch of the 2013 NFL season. If this is any indication of his upcoming season the NFL all-time rushing record should be all his. Simply amazing.
Adrian Peterson rushing for a 78-yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Vikings began the season on a sour note against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. If you watched only the first half you would have expected the Vikings to pull away and win the crazy ball game. Unfortunately for Vikings fans this was not the case. The Lions went on to...
Adrian Peterson started the 2013 season in MVP style.
The Minnesota star went 78 yards for a touchdown on the Vikings' first offensive play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, giving his team a 7-0 lead. Minnesota got the ball on its 22 after the Lions flubbed a field goal attempt. Peterson took a handoff, found an opening up the middle, cut to the right to avoid a tackler and...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- He might have not carried the ball again in the preseason, but there will be no limitations on MVP running back Adrian Peterson when the season opens on Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Detroit.
The Peterson story is quite different from last year, when Peterson was held out of the preseason while making his way back from reconstructive knee...
Minnestoa Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, just took the first play from scrimmage 78 yards to the house for a TD! First. Play. Of. The. Season.
Check it out after the jump.
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on his first carry of the day Sunday against the Lions and added two more touchdowns later in the game.Fantasy Spin:Detroit held Peterson to just 15 yards on his next 17 carries, but the superstar scored a short touchdown and added a receiving score to finish with three touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson took his first handoff of the 2013 season, cut to the right and outran the Detroit secondary for a 78-yard touchdown.
That was pretty much the highlight for the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson's three-touchdown day wasn't enough to offset a slew of careless mistakes on both sides of the ball.
Peterson ended up with only 93 yards rushing, and the Vikings turned...
Adrian Peterson has one carry this season. Adrian Peterson has one touchdown.
AP broke off this 78-yard run on his first carry of the 2013 season, torching the Lions D to put the Vikings up by seven.
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