Time Is Now For Minnesota Vikings To Get Hot

By Nick Baker
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The Minnesota Vikings are 0-2 through two weeks of NFL action, but when looking ahead the future seems brighter than the past for this struggling team. The Vikings take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday, who are also 0-2, and they will then proceed to face three more teams who are currently winless.

The Browns should be the easiest of the next four games because Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is out with an injury meaning backup Brian Hoyer will get the start against the Vikings. After the Browns this weekend, the Vikings will then host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are one of the most surprising 0-2 teams considering just a few years ago they were the top dog in the AFC North division, which is now ruled by the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.

After facing the Steelers the Vikings have their bye week before they take on the currently winless Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. Neither of these games should be considered easy wins, especially the Giants game, but both are definitely win-able for the Vikings as the Panthers look lost on offense and the Vikings have had relatively good success against the Giants in recent years.

The Vikings may be 0-2 as of right now, but considering the relative ease of their next four games this team could be back competing for the top spot in the NFC North by Week 7 of the NFL season. In-order for the Vikings to win the majority of these games they will need to see some improvement from Christian Ponder who continues to have trouble protecting the football.

Luckily the Vikings have yet to play a home game, and hopefully getting a few starts in a familiar stadium will get Ponder back to the level he was at early last season. The next three games for the Vikings will all be at home, which bodes even better for them going forward considering they desperately need to start winning if they have any hopes to get back to the playoffs.

Nick Baker is a contributing writer for Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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