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ARE THE VIKINGS A TOP TIER TEAM AS THEY HEAD TO DC

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Oct 13 2012 @ 1:11 am In Minnesota Vikings,Wisconsin | No Comments

The Minnesota Vikings continue to impress as the NFL gets close to the middle of the season.  At 4-1, they sit atop the NFC North along with the Chicago Bears, and are starting to look like they might be for real.  Granted, their only signature win was against San Fran, but that team is widely regarded as the best in the NFC, even with Atlanta sitting at 5-0.  This week, the Vikes head to Washington to face RGIII and the Redskins.  When the schedule came out, not many would have viewed this game as much other than that rookie QB’s watch party, but now this looks like a big game for both teams.

The Redskins are sitting at 2-3 and definitely in the mix in the NFC East.  If they want to be a contender, however, they have to win some games at home.  Dating back to last year, the Skins’ have lost eight in a row at home.  Make no mistake, this game will hinge largely on how well RGIII plays and how well the Viking D plays against him.  If Minnesota can keep him from making any big plays(like 40+yard comp), then they will have done their job.

On offense, the Vikings are starting to look like they have a football version of the “Big 3″.  Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, and Christian Ponder are all off to an excellent start.  Surprisingly, Harvin would actually be the Minny MVP if the season ended today.  AD has been himself, while CP7 continues to be a model of efficiency.  Sure, the Vikes have had other guys make big contributions like Kyle Rudolph, but as their “Big 3″ go, so go the Vikings.

Minnesota is right on the cusp of being a legitimate top tier team.  If they want to continue their ascension, the Vikings need to be able to go on the road and win games like this.  The Redskins need this game in the worst way if they want a real shot to compete in the East, so Minnesota better be prepared.  Leslie Frazier has done an excellent job of keeping his team focused since the Indy game, and while I am sure they will have another letdown during the season, I don’t think it will be this week.

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