Don't hold your breath, but it seems everyone's-favorite-Minnesota-based-professional-football-team-with-a-revamped-roster is (finally) getting a little love from the national media. NFL Gridiron Gab has the Vikings ranked ahead of the Bears in their NFC North Preseason Power Rankings, and 3rd overall in the division behind the Packers and Lions.
3. Minnesota Vikings: projected record 8-8 (3-3 in division)
The Vikings had a dismal season last year going 3-13 overall and winless in the division. However, this was in large part due to the quarterback position which is now Christian Ponder’s. The Vikings totaled the 4th highest rushing yards per game last season and looked to improve on that mark by using the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on offensive tackle Matt Kalil. The Vikings will have a much better turn out this season; however will most likely still miss the Playoffs.
As with all power rankings published before a single game has been played, this should be taken with a massive grain of salt. For those wondering why the Bears are ranked 4th:
4. Chicago Bears: projected record 7-9 (2-4 in division)
The Bears are coming off of an 8-8 season that was overall disappointing for Chicago fans. Though they greatly improved their receiving prowess by acquiring wide out Brandon Marshall in the off-season, there are several question marks surrounding the Bears. Furthermore, running back Matt Forte should return from his season ending injury suffered last year but whether or not he will be 100% will be vital to their success. Whether or not quarterback Jay Cutler can bounce back from a poor statistical year, (13 touchdowns, 7 interceptions) will most likely determine the Bears success in the 2012 season.