The folks from Pro Football Focus have put together their all-NFC North team for the first half of the 2012 season, and to say that the Minnesota Vikings are well-represented on the squad is a bit of an understatement.
Of the 26 spots on the team, half of those spots. . .or 13, for those of us that aren't that great with math. . .are occupied by members of the Minnesota Vikings. The players that made the squad are as follows:
PFF also said they'd rather have Chad Greenway at linebacker than A.J. Hawk, who they ultimately went with to go with Clay Matthews and Lance Briggs, but that "rules are rules." My rules say that Hawk isn't, has never been, and will never be any good, but I'm biased. (And correct, but also biased.)
The Vikings are acquitting themselves quite well, particularly compared to their standing on PFF's season-ending 2011 All-NFC North team. That team had 27 spots available on it, as PFF said they got creative with formations to accommodate players. Of those 27 spots, only eight were occupied by members of the Vikings. Of those eight, two of those players (Steve Hutchinson and Jim Kleinsasser) are no longer with the team.
Don't let it be said that this team doesn't have some talent. They're in a rebuilding process, and in the process of getting younger, they're also getting better and more talented. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue going forward.