Minnesota came away with a close victory over the Jaguars last week, and now they get a similar weak opponent, when they travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. NFL odds have the Vikings as slight -1 favorites on the road, and there are several players that will be key if the Vikings want to go 2-0.
Obviously, everyone was surprised by Adrian Peterson’s surprise return to form in Week 1. Peterson finished with two touchdown runs on 17 carries and 84 yards. He will be a focal point in the Vikings’ offense against a very bad Colts’ run defense.
However, there are a few other players that will play a key role for the Vikes this week. Starting with Christian Ponder’s two favorite targets, Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph.
Harvin has the leading receiver for the Vikings in Week 1. He finished the game with 6 receptions and 84 yards, and 5 carries for 20 yards. Harvin was targeted 8 times. The Vikings will want to get Peterson the ball, but having him back to form will do nothing but help Harvin and the rest of the Vikings offensive threats. Harvin will be the next option behind Peterson this season, and his duel threat game will be key against a bad Colts defense.
Rudolph also had himself a solid game against the Jaguars. He finished with 5 receptions and 67 yards. Rudolph is a break out candidate this season. He is going to be crucial in run blocking for AP, and catching passes in the middle of the field. I expect him to get into the end zone this game. The Colts will try and key in on AP (basically impossible) and I expect Harvin and Rudolph to both have nice games.