We know that stars such as DE Jared Allen, QB Brett Favre (if he returns) and RB Adrian Peterson ultimately hold the keys to the Vikings success each year. We also know that it takes every soul on a 53-man roster to achieve the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.

With that said, however, there are still a handful of players on a team each year whose performances provide an extra edge that helps get the team over the top. WR Sidney Rice was such a player for the Vikings in 2009. DE Ray Edwards is another example. Both Edwards and Rice produced at career-high levels and their production helped the Vikings separate from the rest of the league.

In order for the Vikings to get back to and surpass the level of success they achieved last year they’ll need similar performances from the supporting cast (for lack of a better term). So who will those players be?
Gaining The Extra Edge