Horrible indeed. Wow.
But I tell you what's not going to horrible, the Minnesota Vikings. I'm going on the record right now as saying that I am hitching my wagon to Tarvaris Jackson's star. He looked pretty darn good in the Viking's preseason opener and he is not going to be the catastrophe everyone thinks he'll be. I'm not saying he's going to the Pro Bowl but he's not going to be killing his team either.
Just remember where you heard it first.
Luckily for Jackson, he doesn't have to carry to the offence. Minnesota still has this guy, in case you forgot:
I'm in no way a Vikings fan but there is nobody in the league I love to watch run more than Peterson. I would probably marry him, if he'd have me.
Two things worry me about him this season though. First, he slowed down at the end of last season and might be prone to the odd injury here and there this season. He just runs so hard that it's bound to happen eventually. If he suffers a major injury, the Vikings are pretty much done.
The second thing that worries me is the departure of fullback Tony Richardson to the Jets. I might be making too big a deal out of this, but I think losing Richardson could have a significant effect on Peterson. Remember how good Kansas City's running game used to be? Richardson was the fullback there too. Now how good is that running game (yes, there were other factors - like the whole offensive line retired).
I'm almost positive that Peterson is good enough to dominate regardless of who is blocking for him. However, I've still got a small, lingering doubt.
If Peterson stays healthy, the offence is going to be fine. But did I mention that Minnesota is going to be pretty dang good on defence too? They were almost impossible to run on last year, with the Williams sisters in the middle. Now they've also added drunk driving aficionado and last years sack leader, Jared Allen. The days of the Purple People Eaters have returned.
That defence might put up more zeros than Canada's Olympic medal count - seriously, the only country without a medal so far? Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, and Togo all have at least one medal. When Mongolia is beating you at something, it's officially gotten embarrassing.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Minnesota Vikings