Not a bad article - the author drank their fair share of purple koolaid first though. :)
I am as big of a homer as the next guy, but even I have a hard time using the words "competitive" and "2011 Vikings" in the same sentence.
I did, however, like the redzone stats that he threw up about Ponder.
I think that truthfully we could fight for a Wild Card spot, too. I think that obviously Green Bay has the Division for now on lockdown but we could surprise a lot of people in the NFL next year I think. Nobody in the media is giving this team any credit so in my opinion we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I don't think we lost a lot of games last year by many points and with a full offseason to prepare I think Christian Ponder is going to turn a lot of heads with the time he'll have to throw and the upgraded talent at Wide Receiver. I think if NFL Teams next year approach us as pushovers they're going to be mistaken.
The second half of the season is what makes or breaks this team. Its a brutal schedual for us.
As with most Vikings offseasons, the closer we get to the start of the season, the thicker the purple shades get.
I don't think that's real likely, but I do think we just might surprise a few teams. Our defense was pretty freaking good when the offense could get anything going to give them a rest, ie. the first three games where they were pitching a shut-out! But, in the 2nd half, our offense did nothing, nada, zero, giving the other offense way too many oppurtunitites and eventually, even the best defenses get beat. By mid-season we'd lost Cook and Winny for the year and the secondary crumbled.
Meanwhile, we led the league in sacks, so there is talent up front. IF Harrison Smith improves our Safety play, Cook stays out of trouble and either Carr or Bowman can push Winny inside more, this defense could be a top ten, maybe top five unit. IF that happens, Ponder and Company won't have to put up 30 points a game to win most games.