Chart: Vikings at the halfway point

  • Updated: October 27, 2012 - 5:35 PM

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The Vikings have reached the midpoint of their season at 5-3 after Thursday night's 36-17 loss to Tampa Bay. Here's a snapshot of where the team stands heading into the season's second half:

THREE PLEASANT SURPRISES

Adrian Peterson: Coming off major knee surgery, Peterson has an NFL-best 914 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns and appears to be getting only stronger. He's on pace to rush for 1,550 yards, and his 5.1 yards-per-carry average is a career best.

Special teams: Percy Harvin's 35.7 yards per kickoff return ranks third the NFL. But the real surprise has been rookie Blair Walsh. He's 17-for-18 on field goal attempts and has produced 31 touchbacks on 42 kickoffs.

The secondary: A year ago, opposing quarterbacks carved up the Vikings pass defense, completing 68.2 percent of their passes for 4,019 yards with 34 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. In 2012, thanks to a starting quartet of Antoine Winfield, Chris Cook, Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford, opposing QBs have a 62.8 completion percentage for 1,793 yards with 11 TDs and four picks. The opponents' quarterback rating: 88.3 -- not stellar but significantly down from 107.6 in 2011. Worth keeping a close eye on now: Cook's broken arm could be a huge setback, giving Josh Robinson and A.J. Jefferson heightened roles.

THREE QUESTIONS

Christian Ponder's consistency: The quarterback's September-to-October statistical regression was undeniable in several key categories. Ponder had a worse completion percentage (.683-.626), took more sacks (11-8) and committed four times as many turnovers (8-2). So how will the 24-year-old deal with the growing fan anxiety and the daily media inquiry into his confidence levels?

The wide receivers: Percy Harvin (60 catches, 667 yards, three TDs) might be an MVP candidate. But the rest of the receiving corps has combined for 43 catches, 546 yards and two scores, leaving the Vikings as one of the NFC's more one-dimensional offenses.

The schedule: Five of the next seven games are on the road, starting next Sunday at Seattle. Five of the last seven are against NFC North foes. Those four division games against the Packers' explosive offense and the Bears' opportunistic defense suddenly seem as daunting as ever.

DAN WIEDERER

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Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 1
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 2
Texas - LP: J. Williams 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 12
Colorado - LP: F. Morales 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 4
Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos 5 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 5 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3 FINAL
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Fien 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Guerra 10
Toronto - LP: A. Loup 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: J. Veras 3
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4
Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie 1 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 0
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Schultz 4
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: E. Stults 10
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 8 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren 2
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Sporting Kansas City 1
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Hamilton 26
Toronto 31 FINAL
Montreal 5
Brt Columbia 25 FINAL
Calgary 24
Saskatchewan 6:00 PM
Ottawa
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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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