The 2013 preseason wasn’t a great one for the Minnesota Vikings. They eked out a victory in the finale, but other than that, there wasn’t much to brag about if you’re a fan of the purple and gold.
All eyes are no doubt on quarterback Christian Ponder as the team inches closer to week one. He’s without question the biggest wild card in Minnesota this year. A good year from Ponder could equal a return to the playoffs for the Vikings, but a bad year could spell the end of his time as the team’s starting QB. 2013 is truly a year that could go to extremes for the third-year signal caller.
Ponder didn’t give fans much to be optimistic about this preseason. He struggled to establish chemistry with new receives Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, and he really didn’t do anything to make his critics think that he’s turned the corner. However, there’s one thing that people bashing Ponder are overlooking – Adrian Peterson didn’t carry the ball one time in the preseason.
AP changes everything for the Vikings. We saw it last year, he’s good enough to put the entire team on his shoulders and will them to victory on any given Sunday. Yes, the Vikings’ offense didn’t look good this August, but fans have yet to truly see the new-look group. The unit is not complete without its best player and I’m confident that Peterson’s presence will again make all the difference for the purple and gold in 2013.
It will take time for Ponder to get on the same page with his new receivers, but that process will be sped up once he starts getting looks of eight and nine defenders in the box to stop Peterson.