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Growing Pains


Despite the fact that the Vikings lost once again last week (this time to the Denver Tebow's...err, Broncos), I again took more positives out of the game then negatives. For instance...

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I'm really starting to take a liking to this Kyle Rudolph feller. Once Shank is gone after this season (I'm just assuming, of course, but probably a pretty safe bet), I can see Mr. Rudolph filling that void. He's most definitely already got the "hands" part of his game down.

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Christian Ponder, this time playing through a hip-pointer because the O-Line decided to sit out for the first half, was impressive again in terms of putting points on the board. Did he make a few rookie mistakes that happened to come at crucial junctures? By all means. BUT, that is why they call them "rookie mistakes".

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I have nothing explicitly positive to say about our secondary, as usual, but suffice it to say that we've hit rock bottom and can only go up from here. A below-average (as opposed to pathetic) set of cover-men would have given us a "W" in the Denver contest.

So, although far too many games so far this season have ended with a smile on the opposing bench...

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...I still continue to look for that light at the end of the tunnel. I believe that 2010 was truly the "mess year" and that things are on the upswing (how long the overall process takes, of course, is TBD). The way I see it is this: had Ponder started the season as QB, I believe he would have won two more games than McNabb. Plus, a secondary with even decent healthy bodies would probably have netted us another win or two. Those things combining (next year?!) would give us a solid chance at a .500 season as early as 2012 as we continue to accumulate talent and building for bigger and better things.

Take hope, Vikings fans...the ship may finally be back on course!

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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