The Vikings have an excellent shot at starting the season off 2-0 as they travel to Indianapolis this weekend to play Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Minnesota fans couldn’t have asked for a better schedule to open the season, but beware: things get drastically more difficult starting in Week 3. The Vikings will play San Francisco and then the following week they’ll be at Detroit.
Week 1 wasn’t exactly a walk in the park either for the Vikings up against Jacksonville. It took a field goal from Blair Walsh in overtime to get the 26-23 victory.
That said, the top guys in each skill position for Minnesota all got it done.
Christian Ponder may not have recorded a touchdown, but he still completed 20-of-27 passes for 270 yards, finishing with a QB rating of 105.5. It was an extremely solid start for the sophomore quarterback.
His favorite target was Percy Harvin, who caught six balls for 84 yards. Kyle Rudolph (five catches for 67 yards) and Devin Aromashodu (three for 61) also were effective in the pass game.
There should be no questions about Adrian Peterson’s health anymore either. AP had 17 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns and didn’t show any signs of being hampered during the win.
Having an injury-free AP will put the Vikings in a good position to win this weekend against the Colts.
The NFL odds have priced Minnesota as the one-point favorites as this is expected to be one of the closest games of the Week 2 slate.
The battle at quarterback will be interesting to track. Ponder looked a lot more poised in Week 1 than he did in all of his rookie season, but he’ll have to bring it again against Andrew Luck, one of the top QB prospects to come out in NFL history.