MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Last Season: 10-6, 4-2 division
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Playoffs: Lost in first round to Green Bay
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Stat Leaders: QB Christian Ponder (2,935 YDS, 18 TDS, 12 INTS); RB Adrian Peterson (2,097 YDS, 12 TDs); WR Percy Harvin (677 YDS, 3 TDS); LB Chad Greenway (148 TACKLES, 3.0 SACKS)
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The Buzz: Adrian Peterson is the star of the Vikings lineup and is chasing the elite feat of back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons, but . The problem is elite backs who are forced to carry such a heavy workload often break down and Minnesota would take a huge step back if Peterson tumbled out of the lineup. Ponder, the former FSU lorida State standout quarterback, has to manage the offense and provides as much support as possible to Peterson. Tight end Kyle Rudolph continues to be an invaluable asset as a blocker and receiving threat. Minnesota is hoping first-round draft pick Shariff Floyd, who is coming off an elite season at UF, can apply pressure in the middle and bolster the team's promising defensive line.
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Luck Factor: The Vikings have lucky timing. They traded Percy Harvin before anyone confirmed he needed hip surgery and could miss the entire season. Minnesota picked up a first-round draft pick in exchange for Harvin.
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( Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports / August 16, 2013 )

Last Season: 10-6, 4-2 division

Playoffs: Lost in first round to Green Bay

Stat Leaders: QB Christian Ponder (2,935 YDS, 18 TDS, 12 INTS); RB Adrian Peterson (2,097 YDS, 12 TDs); WR Percy Harvin (677 YDS, 3 TDS); LB Chad Greenway (148 TACKLES, 3.0 SACKS)

The Buzz: Adrian Peterson is the star of the Vikings lineup and is chasing the elite feat of back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons, but . The problem is elite backs who are forced to carry such a heavy workload often break down and Minnesota would take a huge step back if Peterson tumbled out of the lineup. Ponder, the former FSU lorida State standout quarterback, has to manage the offense and provides as much support as possible to Peterson. Tight end Kyle Rudolph continues to be an invaluable asset as a blocker and receiving threat. Minnesota is hoping first-round draft pick Shariff Floyd, who is coming off an elite season at UF, can apply pressure in the middle and bolster the team's promising defensive line.

Luck Factor: The Vikings have lucky timing. They traded Percy Harvin before anyone confirmed he needed hip surgery and could miss the entire season. Minnesota picked up a first-round draft pick in exchange for Harvin.

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