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    Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    [size=13pt]Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season[/size]

    By Rick Alonzo
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    Article Last Updated: 09/01/2008 12:12:13 AM CDT



    Running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will be keys for the Vikings' offense this season, but others will have important roles as well. With the season opener next Monday at Green Bay, here are some storylines to watch this season....


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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season


    You can't argue with that article, it sums it up without saying anything we pretty much already know.

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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    Everything hinges on TJack...and of course the play of our OL.
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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    Seven things that WILL happen this season:

    1. The Vikings win 11-12 games and the NFC North.
    While I think Green Bay will be decent, and possibly grab a wildcard, and Detroit will be better than most people expect, I still see us with a legitimate shot of sweeping the division, and simply being a more complete team than any in the division.


    2. Kevin Williams posts double digit sack totals.
    Jerad Allen will get much of the attention and many double teams, and will also force a lot of things back inside.
    I would not be surprised to see Williams with 12-14 sacks, and Allen in single digits.
    Allen's value won't be in the #'s, it will be in what he creates for the rest of the D.
    This guy was a freak with a mediocre defense around him in KC, now he joins what is already one of the best defenses in the league.
    It's gonna be fun to watch!


    3. EJ Henderson has a career year, with career highs in tackles, and INT's.
    He's already a very good MLB, now playing behind an amazing front 4.
    The pressure applied by the line is going to leave him free to roam a little bit, and he's going to be handed a few INT's.


    4. Sidney Rice, provided he plays at least 14 games, puts up at least 70 catches, at least 1100 yards, and
    at least 6 TD's.
    He will also likely be ahead of Berrian in every statistical category, with the possible exception of TD's.
    I see Berrian with about 50-60 rec's, 700-800 yds, 6-8 TD's.



    5. Tyrell Johnson will make a case for defensive ROY.
    I didn't really know much about this guy when they drafted him, but he's a heck of a tackler, and I don't see too many long runs or long pass plays getting by him.
    I'm interested to see how well he fills in while Madieu Williams is out.
    (How many Williams's are on this team anyway?)



    6. The Vikings defense will post their first shutout in a very, very long time.
    It was ridiculous how much the D-line dominated Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the preseason.
    This defense is simply too good for some teams to move the ball against.
    An offense like the Bears, Falcons, or Texans makes a couple mistakes, it's over.


    7. TJack's completion % goes way up.
    With Sidney Rice in a starting role, Berrian's hands replacing Williamson's as a primary deep threat, Bobby Wade moving back into the slot, and as well as Jackson looked during the majority of his time in the preseason, I believe he will have no problem completing over 60% of his passes.
    Will he throw 3000 yards, and 25 TD's?
    No, but his %'s should be significant improvements over last year.




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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    You have really high hopes there Jdogg

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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    "VikingMike" wrote:
    Everything hinges on TJack...and of course the play of our OL.
    I think the play of secondary needs to be thrown in there as well. How much yardage & points they give up will be key.

    Did anyone besides me notice the amount of batted down passes those non-starters gave us in the Steelers game? I haven't seen that many in one game for years.

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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    Player who will be the biggest disappointment: The expectations surrounding Bernard Berrian are so high it's bound to be a letdown if he doesn't have 1,000 yards receiving. But with Jackson still developing, that might be too much to ask.
    I don't agree with this. Bernard was brought in to stretch the defense not be our #1 guy. Wade is our workhorse/slot and rice is the playmaker/red zone guy. These guys will take away from Berrian yardage totals. Fergy and Allison will also get looks. I might be disappointed if we don't see a few 100 yard games by one of our WRs. But it is not a big deal if we are winning. Each of them have their roles.

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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    "marstc09" wrote:
    Player who will be the biggest disappointment: The expectations surrounding Bernard Berrian are so high it's bound to be a letdown if he doesn't have 1,000 yards receiving. But with Jackson still developing, that might be too much to ask.
    I don't agree with this. Bernard was brought in to stretch the defense not be our #1 guy. Wade is our workhorse/slot and rice is the playmaker/red zone guy. These guys will take away from Berrian yardage totals. Fergy and Allison will also get looks. I might be disappointed if we don't see a few 100 yard games by one of our WRs. But it is not a big deal if we are winning. Each of them have their roles.
    Bernard is expected to be one of 2 starters. Considering Rice is a 2nd year player with under 600 yards people call Berrian our #1 receiver. Fair enough. He might not get the most yards but he is considered our biggest threat.

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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    "jessejames09" wrote:
    "marstc09" wrote:
    Player who will be the biggest disappointment: The expectations surrounding Bernard Berrian are so high it's bound to be a letdown if he doesn't have 1,000 yards receiving. But with Jackson still developing, that might be too much to ask.
    I don't agree with this. Bernard was brought in to stretch the defense not be our #1 guy. Wade is our workhorse/slot and rice is the playmaker/red zone guy. These guys will take away from Berrian yardage totals. Fergy and Allison will also get looks. I might be disappointed if we don't see a few 100 yard games by one of our WRs. But it is not a big deal if we are winning. Each of them have their roles.
    Bernard is expected to be one of 2 starters. Considering Rice is a 2nd year player with under 600 yards people call Berrian our #1 receiver. Fair enough. He might not get the most yards but he is considered our biggest threat.
    My biggest disappointment will be Chilly if he fails to open up the playbook.

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    Re: Key storylines for the Minnesota Vikings this season

    "jessejames09" wrote:
    "marstc09" wrote:
    Player who will be the biggest disappointment: The expectations surrounding Bernard Berrian are so high it's bound to be a letdown if he doesn't have 1,000 yards receiving. But with Jackson still developing, that might be too much to ask.
    I don't agree with this. Bernard was brought in to stretch the defense not be our #1 guy. Wade is our workhorse/slot and rice is the playmaker/red zone guy. These guys will take away from Berrian yardage totals. Fergy and Allison will also get looks. I might be disappointed if we don't see a few 100 yard games by one of our WRs. But it is not a big deal if we are winning. Each of them have their roles.
    Bernard is expected to be one of 2 starters. Considering Rice is a 2nd year player with under 600 yards people call Berrian our #1 receiver. Fair enough. He might not get the most yards but he is considered our biggest threat.
    Not if he's on the sideline nursing turf toe.

    He's no help or no threat then.

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