Adrian Peterson proclaimed earlier this month that the Vikings have the pieces necessary to win a Super Bowl. Mark Brunell, the former Super Bowl champion and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, agrees with Peterson.
Brunell, now an ESPN analyst after his 17-year career with five teams, said on SportsCenter that the Vikings "do have a chance, because they have one of the best running backs of our generation and you’ve got to have a strong running game. That coupled with the fact that Teddy Bridgewater is only going to get better. He has exceeded expectations. He makes good decisions, is an accurate passer, athletic.
“They’re going to have a good football team and they have a good chance at making a run.”
Brunell’s long career was wrapping up when Peterson’s began in 2007. Brunell was the holder of game-winning 40-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley that advanced New Orleans past the Vikings in overtime of the 2009 NFC Championship game.
Peterson rushed for 1,485 regular-season yards in his ninth season to win the rushing title and help lead the Vikings to the postseason for the first time since 2012.
Brunell also thinks highly of Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
“To win a championship, to win the whole thing, you gotta have defense, obviously,” Brunell said. “Mike Zimmer, a defensive-minded head coach, each year has gotten that team better.”