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5 Early Predictions For The Minnesota Vikings’ 2014 Season

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Early Predictions For the 2014 Season

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The Minnesota Vikings are looking to turn things around quickly after finishing 5-10-1 in 2013, and a new regime led by head coach Mike Zimmer looks certain to set players up to succeed.

With training camp just around the corner already, here are five early predictions for the Vikings in 2014.

5. Kyle Rudolph Will Catch At Least 10 Touchdowns

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5. Kyle Rudolph Will Catch At Least 10 Touchdowns

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Rudolph had nine touchdown catches in 2012 with Christian Ponder under center, so better quarterback play and the arrival of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator is likely to yield career-highs across the board this year.

4. Adrian Peterson Will Set a Career-High...in Receptions

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4. Adrian Peterson Will Set a Career-High...in Receptions

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Peterson's career-high of 43 receptions came in 2009, and he also had 40 catches in 2012. His role on passing downs is likely to expand with a more imaginative offensive coordinator in place, so 50 receptions is possible.

3. Brian Robison Will Finish in the Top-10 in Sacks

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3. Brian Robison Will Finish in the Top-10 in Sacks

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Based on 2013, Robison would need 11.5 sacks to finish in the top-10 in the league in sacks this year. Not such a reach when you consider he had nine sacks last year.

2. Cordarrelle Patterson Will Lead the League In All-Purpose Yards

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2. Cordarrelle Patterson Will Lead the League In All-Purpose Yards

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Patterson finished second in league in all-purpose yards as a rookie last year, even with a limited offensive role early in the season. With a bigger role in Norv Turner's offense right out of the gate this year, big things are in store for Patterson.

1. Matt Cassel Will Start All 16 Games

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1. Matt Cassel Will Start All 16 Games

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Fans certainly want to see rookie Teddy Bridgewater in action, but I think Cassel will play well enough to keep the starting job all season.