10 Bold NFC North Predictions
1. The Vikings will return to top 5 form in run defense:
In a seemingly minor coaching change this off-season, the Vikings fired defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. Dunbar was widely regarded as one of the best defensive line coaches in the league and his release came as a bit of a surprise at first. Once they hired, or re-hired, Brendan Daly to replace him, things became clear.
Daly was the coach that brought together Pat and Kevin Williams to create the “Williams Wall,” which was the most impressive Vikings defensive force since the Purple People Eaters. Daly had the Vikings line consistently in the top 5 rushing defenses in the NFL during his tenure.
His return combined with the release of DT Remi Ayodele spells great things for this defensive line that already has one of the better DE tandems in the league
7. Jared Allen will lead the league in sacks and break the single-season record:
Last year, Jared Allen proved he is the best 4-3 Right Defensive End in the NFL with his performance that culminated in 22 sacks. Allen fell just .5 or a sack away from breaking Michael Strahan’s record and says he’s determined to do it in 2012.
Allen’s 2011 performance was nothing short of miraculous considering the Vikings were almost constantly playing from behind, playing against the run and having the worst secondary in team history. With the additions of Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson to a secondary that will be stabilized by the return of Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield who both missed most of 2011, Allen should have a field day against opposing QBs. Who knows, maybe he’ll get to 25 like he said “could definitely happen.”
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10. Toby Gerhart will rush for more yards than Adrian Peterson, lead the division in rushing yards:
Adrian Peterson expects to be ready for the week one opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His recovery from reconstructive knee surgery is supposedly ahead of schedule and he should be able to eventually return to form as one of the best RBs in the NFL.
Because the Vikings likely won’t be pushing for a playoff spot, however, it would be foolish to push Peterson into a workload that he is not ready to handle.
The Vikings have Toby Gerhart ready to be their workhorse in 2012 and he should receive a significantly higher amount of carries than Peterson. Gerhart is a very capable runner and could be one of the best in the division with Peterson sidelined. The Vikings are a run-first team and he will certainly see his workload go up from 2011.
The Lions and Packers really don’t show much of a run-game and neither has a consistent starter in their backfield. With Chicago’s addition of two starting receivers, their passing game will become much more prevalent and Forte will see his touches decrease.
That in consideration, Gerhart could easily be the division leader in rushing and could command some trade offers when Peterson is healthy.
I'm liking the drivel this guy is spewing forth, well, except for the PUKER stuff. No way the rookies help that defense out that much. Its still gonna suck and will be the PUKERS downfall again this year.
That and alot of people forget that Rodgers was the most hit per pass QB in the league last year. Eventually that is going to start taking its toll.