Chart: Vikings offense at a glance

  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 6:16 PM
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) warmed up before Friday night's game vs. the Buffalo Bills. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com August 16, 2013, NFL Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills ORG XMIT: MIN1308161746493566 ORG XMIT: MIN1308232129056246

RAISING THE BAR

No one raises the bar like Adrian Peterson. The reigning league MVP averaged 131.1 yards per game (2,097 yards total) a year ago. This year, he wants 156.3 so he can reach 2,500, his well-publicized goal. “I think it’s a good goal to have, if you’re Adrian Peterson,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. But is it in the Vikings’ best interest to remain so one-dimensional? Remember, the Vikings lost at Green Bay when Peterson ran for 210 yards. The bar that really needs raised on offense is better balance and less predictability. The Vikings, who had a passing attack that ranked 31st in the NFL, still just squeaked into the playoffs and were quickly dismissed. A revamped receiving corps could help quarterback Christian Ponder achieve a consistent balance. Of course, that could happen and Peterson still could reach his goal. “With that dude? It’s logical,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “And, yeah, that’s crazy.”

STAR WATCH

Probably no player in the league is looking forward to actual meaningful games more than Greg Jennings.

Since arriving from Green Bay via free agency, the wide receiver has had to address questions about being old, injury-prone and a diva who doesn’t play nice with his former team, particularly its quarterback. Fortunately for Jennings’ snakebit tongue, the attention soon will shift to his legs, hands and veteran savvy as an eight-year veteran receiver in an offense starving for a non-petulant playmaker at that position. Jennings has defended Ponder as a talented young quarterback who needs receivers and the confidence to trust those receivers. “No disrespect to the guys he was throwing the ball to, but you can just get a sense that he needed a little more help,” Jennings said. Jennings turns 30 on Sept. 21 but insists, “I’m not old. … I can definitely still make plays.” All eyes will be on him to prove that after missing 11 games the past two years, including eight last year, because of knee and core muscle injuries.

THE X FACTOR

Ponder has played 27 NFL games with 26 starts. His completion percentage in those games: .592. In today’s NFL, that’s not gonna cut it. Even Ponder’s career completion percentage at Florida State (.618) won’t cut it nowadays. Ponder needs to sling it like he did as a junior at FSU. His completion percentage that year: .688.

THREE QUESTIONS

1 Can coordinator Bill Musgrave stay true to the team’s Adrian-first identity while striking a winning balance that incorporates Jennings, raw rookie Cordarrelle Patterson and a healthy John Carlson for the multiple tight-end sets?

2 What’s the next step for the offensive line, a unit that played intact for 17 games during a playoff season a year ago but was shaky this preseason? Drafting two guards could be something to remember if the line struggles.

3 Can 27-year-old receiver Jerome Simpson redirect his career arc upward to where he left off in Cincinnati in 2011 or will he continue the slump that began with last year’s suspension and back injury?



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Chicago Cubs 0
Detroit 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Kansas City 0
Philadelphia - J. Williams 3:05 PM
Oakland - D. Pomeranz
Toronto - M. Stroman 3:05 PM
NY Yankees - C. Capuano
Arizona - T. Cahill 3:10 PM
Colorado - E. Butler
Boston - R. De La Rosa 6:05 PM
Baltimore - C. Tillman
Milwaukee - M. Garza 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
Washington - J. Zimmermann 6:10 PM
Miami - J. Cosart
NY Mets - J. Niese 6:10 PM
Atlanta - M. Minor
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
Cleveland - T. House 6:10 PM
Minnesota - T. May
Seattle - C. Young 6:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
Cincinnati - M. Leake 6:15 PM
St. Louis - M. Wacha
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
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Buffalo
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Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
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Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
(5) Auburn 20 FINAL
(20) Kansas State 14
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 14 2nd Qtr 9:40
Rice 14
Troy 0 2nd Qtr 7:31
(13) Georgia 38
Georgia Tech 3 2nd Qtr 4:55
Virginia Tech 13
Eastern Mich 0 2nd Qtr 5:17
(11) Michigan State 42
Iowa 7 2nd Qtr 0:58
Pittsburgh 14
Bowling Green 10 2nd Qtr 12:27
(19) Wisconsin 21
Maryland 14 1st Qtr 0:13
Syracuse 6
Tulane 7 2nd Qtr
Duke 16
Hawaii 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Vancouver FC 4:00 PM
Portland
Houston 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
New England 6:30 PM
Columbus
San Jose 6:30 PM
Montreal
Seattle 6:30 PM
Red Bull New York
D.C. 7:30 PM
Chicago
FC Dallas 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
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Calgary
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
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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