Vikings, 2013 regular season, 11-5, NFCN champions.
Watch for some new wrinkles on offense, a professional all-phase defense, and a solid special teams corps.
Ponder will throw more often on 1st and 2nd down, reducing the ratio of his passes thrown of necessity on 3rd down.This will be made possible as the offense sustains longer drives.
Despite Ponder improving, and some big plays by defense and special teams, the big story arc for the Vikings this year will be all about the running backs. Yes, Peterson will lead the way, but he won't be alone. This year all of the running backs will get carries. The Vikings offense will combine a sledgehammer effect by rushing the ball effectively combined with an unpredictable passing attack. Watch for the running backs to catch more passes this year.