I'll be the first one to admit that I'm not a professional writer or blogger, so this may be a little rusty. I'm just a die-hard fan bored in the middle of the afternoon and looking forward to 3:15 Central (10:15 Hawaiian, for those of you who care to know) on Sunday, where our beloved purple and gold will square off with one of the more prolific offenses in the AFC. So if you're looking for expert analysis, look elsewhere. If you just want to hear some takes from a fan just like you, welcome aboard.
Sorry to start off so negatively, but I don't think we can ignore the fact that Philip Rivers threw for 4700 yards last year...most of which came before Vincent Jackson joined the team. Take that, throw V-Jax into the mix, and include our average to below average secondary, and it doesn't bode well for the old purple and gold. Hopefully, our defensive front can make up for the suspect secondary and put pressure on Rivers and contain the average run game that San Diego brings to the table.
The good news for Viking Nation is that we still have Adrian Peterson (and I say we get on that contract situation Zygi!), and the last time AD took the field against the Chargers, well, I'll explain it using three numbers: 2, 9, 6. And if you don't understand the significance of those numbers, then how dare you call yourself a Vikings fan! Anyway, back to Sunday's game.
Matchup to Watch: Adrian Peterson vs Chargers defense. Expect 8 in the box for a majority of the game, until the Vikings establish some sort of a passing game. Hopefully, we can pound the ball with Adrian and then drill them with a play action pass.
Fantasy Player to Watch: Vincent Jackson, Vikings TE (Visanthe Shiancoe and/or Kyle Rudolph): Jackson is bound to have a good week (just check out Paul Charchian's WR rankings at FantasyVictory.com), and Peterson should open up some play action opportunities in Bill Musgrave's tight end heavy offense, plus Donovan McNabb will almost certainly use his safety valves early and often in his first start as a Viking.
Well, there you have it. I hope you all (assuming that there are people reading this) enjoyed my take and enjoy the game on Sunday.