About Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings joined the NFL in 1960 as an expansion team and started playing year later. The team has won one NFL Championship before the merger with AFL. They have been to four Super Bowls, failing to win any of them.
The franchise is one of only six NFL teams to win at least 15 regular season games. They have qualified 25 times to play offs in the Super Bowl era, third most in the league.
The team’s colours are Purple, Gold and White and the team’s mascot is Viktor the Viking whose main role is to appeal to younger audience. Until last season the franchise also had Ragnar, a human mascot of a long bearded man with an axe riding a motorcycle but unfortunately after 21 years their ways had split.
The Vikings share the NFC North division with its fierce competitors, Bears, Lions and Packers. Based on its team’s age the NFC North is the oldest division in the league.
The team is led by Mike Zimmer whose main field of expertise is relentless defence and he had some success as a defensive coordinator in few NFL teams. He joined the Vikings in 2014.
The Vikings are mainly powered by legs of Adrian Peterson that carried him to many successful games, records and accomplishments. He was NFL’s rushing leader twice, NFL MVP, 6 times Pro Bowler, the third fastest player to reach 10000 rushing yards in NFL history, he also holds NFL recording most rushing yards in a game with shocking 296! The list could go on and on.
The team decided to draft a quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater in first round of 2014 draft to compliment Peterson’s ground assault and they might have score well as Teddy went onto becoming Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. He also became the first quarterback rookie ever to record 70% pass completion in four consecutive games.
The defence works more like big collective rather than selection of big names but the Vikings drafted a promising rookie cornerback Trae Waynes, the fastest defensive back in last year’s draft. He was picked to be paired with another young cornerback Xavier Rhodes who was drafted by the Vikings two years earlier in first round of 2013 draft.
The pair will be able to benefit from veteran experience of Captain Munnerlyn, another defensive back who joined the franchise in 2014.
It’s always a relief knowing that the team can rely on a skilled placekicker, Minnesota Vikings drafted Blair Walsh in 2012 and in short time he already established himself as a great distance kicker having made some NFL records in most consecutive field goals of 50 yards or more having the streak reaching 12. Also he holds the record of highest field goal percentage by a rookie.
So if the ground and air game goes slow, perhaps kicking might be the option for the Vikings.