The Minnesota Vikings have received majorly nation wide attention lately. It started with Adrian Peterson and exploded the minute Brett Favre landed at Holman Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Why this sudden attention?
For starters, the Vikings are one of this season's top Super Bowl candidates, and no other other team has more wins the the Vikings after 7 weeks of NFL football
Not to mention...
... Who has a 40 year old starting quarterback who is the only player that won against all 32 teams and with the most career touchdown passes, most career passing yards, most career pass completions, most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts, and most career victories as a starting quarterback. And still is performing at the same level as the best quarterbacks in the league?
... Who has the undoubtly most electrifying running back who set a single game rushing record as a rookie 8 games into the season, and is recognized as the best running back by probably somewhere around 90 % of the people?
... Who has arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL with the most sacks than any other player since year 2004. Combined with great charisma and media/fan friendly personality?
Not convinced? Let's look at some other kind of numbers...
The Minnesota Vikings' 30-23 win over the Green Bay in week 4 attracted the largest cable television audience ever and was watched by more than 21.8 million people. The previous record was more than 18.6 million viewers, and ESPN also said that the game drew the highest rating in the network's 30-year history.
3 weeks later, the Vikings-Steelers, Falcons-Cowboys combined to set record television ratings and record audience for FOX network.
The Minnesota Vikings is the only team with two names among the top 5 selling NFL jerseys. Brett Favre is 1st and Adrian Peterson is 5th.
Link: (Sorry, I don't remember where I read it)
I don't think the Vikings have gotten this much attention since the Randy Moss era. Hell, I think we have gotten even more attention.