The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: The Vikings Attempt a Turnaround


 

Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss catches a TD against the Jets (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

 

Before the start of the 2010 NFL season, some of the most hyped up teams such as the Dallas Cowboys & San Francisco 49’ers have begun with really disappointing starts.  It’s also interesting to note that no team in the NFL is perfect right now, it’s the first time since 1970 that no team has gone 4-0.  Since it’s still early in the season, there’s some time for a few teams that don’t have good records right now to get on a roll and began a turnaround that could perhaps, lead them to the playoffs.  Here’s an analysis of of the most likely team in the NFC to complete a turnaround and get to the playoffs:

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-3):

The Good:

With Sidney Rice still being out, the Vikings, who were short on a deep pass threat pulled off one of the biggest trades in NFL history, acquiring 7x pro-bowl receiver Randy Moss.  While the Vikings struggled throughout the first half in their most recent game against the New York Jets, the offense began to tick during the second half when Brett Favre completed his first touchdown pass of the game to Moss while Harvin caught 2.  Adrian Peterson is one of the most talented running backs in the league and as long as he stays healthy, the Vikings should have a good balance between the pass and run game.  The Vikings defense also currently ranks 5th in the league.  With a lineup full of all-stars including Favre, Peterson, Moss, Rice, Harvin, and Shiancoe, look for the offense to get attempt to get back on track this Sunday at home against a struggling Dallas team.  Despite losing 3 out 4 games, all 3 losses have been close ones.  It’s also interesting to mention that the Packers, who were once thought to win the NFC North could struggle within the next few weeks due to injuries.

The Bad:

Quarterback Brett Favre has struggled this season with tendonitis in his throwing arm while his surgically repaired ankle has been less of an issue.  With 7 interceptions this year, he has already matched the total he had last season.  However, it’s significant to mention that in the Vikings game against the Jets, Favre three touchdowns, that’s more than he’d thrown in the first 3 games of the season(which was 2).  Cornerback Cedric Griffin, a key player on defense recently sustained an injury to his right knee and will be out for the remainder of the season.

The Ugly:

The NFL is currently investigating whether Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre gave a former Jets sideline reporter unwanted advances via voicemail and text message.  While it’s too soon to see how all this will pan out(whether the NFL takes action against Favre), it’s definitely an unwanted distraction for Favre and the rest of his teammates.

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