The Minnesota Vikings have made the decision to build the team around quarterback Christian Ponder. The problem is that the legal online sports betting sites are not so sure that Ponder is the right quarterback to build around. In 10 starts in 2011, Ponder threw for 1,853 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In a 16-game season, those numbers project to be around 2,960 yards passing, 21 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Those numbers do not exactly instill confidence into the Vikings faithful.
Minnesota drafted offensive tackle Matt Kalil to try and give Ponder more protection upfront. But the best news Christian Ponder could have received in this offseason was that running back Adrian Peterson defied all medical logic and recovered from a torn ACL in only a few months. The Vikings are hoping that the rest of the team finds that kind of luck and resolve in 2012.
The football betting sites know that the Vikings are going to have to rely on Peterson a lot in the 2012 season because Ponder is still learning how to be an NFL quarterback. The question is whether or not Peterson's repaired ACL will really hold out for an entire season. No one has ever seen a player come back from
this kind of an injury so quickly, and there is no blue print to follow. With a lack of quality receivers to throw to, Ponder will have to hand the ball off frequently to Peterson to generate any offense.
The online sports books also have questions about the Minnesota offensive line. It is a good run blocking line, but it is easy to run block for a back like Adrian Peterson. One of the reasons Christian Ponder struggled in 2011 was because he had little time to throw the ball. Kalil is part of the solution to that problem, but he is not the entire solution. If the Vikings cannot protect Ponder, then the passing game will suffer.
After years of trying to get its defense to play up to expectations, it looks like the Vikings are ready to start over and bring in new players. The Vikings took four offensive players in the draft, five defensive players and a kicker. The problem is that the defensive players came from the later rounds. Minnesota has a serious age problem on its current defense. It either needs to bring in players through free agency to bolster the roster, or bring in quality draft
picks. The bet online experts are not so sure that the Vikings brought in quality draft picks to help its defense for 2012.
The Vikings will be the worst team in a physical division. The Bears and Packers have upgraded their pass rushes and the Lions will be as lethal as it has always been. It is always difficult to put together a winning team in the NFL. But the Vikings have made that process even more difficult by making bad decisions.
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