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Continued: Souhan: Vikings are better than you think

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 8, 2013 - 12:22 AM

7 Bill Musgrave: Every NFL city loves to hate the local offensive coordinator, and Musgrave can puzzle with his play calls in big situations, but last year defenses decided they wanted to take away Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin and rattle Ponder, and Musgrave designed an offense that made Harvin an early-season MVP candidate, Peterson the MVP and Ponder an effective passer in December. Now Musgrave has more good players with whom to work.

 

8 Jared Allen: Despite his stats, you could tell Allen wasn’t himself last year. Now his shoulder his healthy and he wants to prove he deserves a new contract. A stronger pass rush will help out those young cornerbacks.

 

9 Special teams: Mike Priefer knows what’s he’s doing, and now he has a Pro Bowl placekicker, a new, strong-legged punter and excellent talent in the return game. As the Bears have taught us for years, ignoring special teams when evaluating teams is a mistake.

 

10 The MVP: Whatever his rushing total, Peterson has transformed himself from a remarkable athlete to an inspirational player. His strength of will defines his franchise, and his running ability makes life easier for his quarterback, receivers and defense. The schedule is difficult, but remember how Peterson performed in must-win games against the Bears, Rams, Texans and Packers last year. Predictions are meaningless, but do you really want to bet against this guy?

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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Atlanta - WP: S. Miller 5 FINAL
Toronto - LP: D. Norris 2
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: S. Greene 9
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 6 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey 7
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: M. Andriese 3
Philadelphia - LP: D. Buchanan 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 4
Baltimore 8 FINAL
Boston 3
Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: G. Cole 5
LA Angels 2 Bottom 7th Inning
Houston 4
Cleveland 2 Top 9th Inning
Minnesota 7
Oakland 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Kansas City 1
San Diego 5 Top 9th Inning
Chicago Cubs 2
Arizona 3 Top 3rd Inning
San Francisco 1
Colorado 0 Top 3rd Inning
Los Angeles 2
Texas 0 Top 3rd Inning
Seattle 2
Cincinnati - M. Leake 7:05 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
Boston 76 3rd Qtr 0:32
Cleveland 88
Brooklyn 4:30 PM
Atlanta
Portland 7:00 PM
Memphis
San Antonio 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Washington 1 FINAL(OT)
NY Islanders 2
Nashville 2 2nd Prd 2:43
Chicago 4
Montreal 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Vancouver 9:00 PM
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New England 4:00 PM
Philadelphia
Portland 6:00 PM
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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 NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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