I really think that if there's one game on the schedule we SHOULD easily win it should be this first game. I think that even though Simpson will be out for the first three games Harvin and Wright along with Rudolph will be able to effectively move the ball against a mediocre at best Jaguars secondary. Defensively Jared Allen and Co. should get some decent pressure on Gabbert to make some ill-advised throws and hopefully Cook or Smith end up with a pick or two. Their main offensive threat is obviously MJD, who should have difficulty running against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Take into consideration we're playing at home and all the Vikings rubes have been waiting for football for 9 months and we just got a stadium bill passed and the fact that nobody thinks we're going to do jack this season all adds up to a rowdy-as-usual Metrodome crowd which will aid us in an easy victory.
I see a fairly close game. I think it will be loaded with mistakes from both teams and the guys in stripes. Whoever limits the errors the most comes out on top.
I think Ponder has a pedestrian game, and we stay conservative (surprise, surprise). Percy may break a play or two. We will give up one or two big plays on defense, whether it's MJD or Blackmon.
Both teams will go heavy on pressure on the QB's as they are both suspect and the receiving threat is not very strong. I think I read where Ponder was the most pressured QB last year...why stop now until he shows that he will take advantage of it.
The TE's for the Vikings could very much determine our success in this game. I would like to see a lot of focus on Rudolph and Carlson to help keep the LB's and Safeties a bit more honest.
I'll give the Vikings the edge, with a strong first half, but this time they hold on for the win. 21-17.
Both teams will try to run the ball, and stop the run. I doubt either QB attempts more than 25passes, unless one team gets a big lead.
I think Harvin will be the focus of the Vikings offense, with Peterson getting limited action(No suprise since he's clearly our best player without Peterson).
MJD will get limited carries. The Vikings do a good job containing the run game.
Close game, but the home team advantage is the difference and the VIkings win 13-10.
This is going to be a terrible game, but thanks to both teams running the ball a lot, it will be over fast with the clock running the whole time.
I have picked us to win, but do not expect it to be by a lot. Home field advantage should help as well as the jags just being god awful. Hopefully AP plays and lights it up because Gerhart is terrible. Blackman likely scores a major over tiny Winfield and MJD probably scores another. We find a way to score on defence and the rest field goals for a 16-14 win.
I just don't think the Jags offense will have enough firepower this go 'round. MJD will be rusty, Blackmon is still a rookie and I don't buy the new and improved (and poised) Blaine Gabbert. If the Vikes get a pass rush early, Vikings win 24-13.
Peterson does not see more than 15 PLAYS (not carries/touches), if he plays at all.
Gerhart has a nice first half, generally kept in check second half. Less than 100 yards
Harvin has a big game. 120 yards and 2 scores
Rudolph has a quiet game, but a touchdown.
Ponder throws for less than 250, in an alright, but not fantastic performance.
Defense has our best game of the year, 5 sacks in total, less than 200 pass yards, under 70 rush yards.