I could sit here and write my final Minnesota Vikings update article of the 2012 season by saying that the Vikings defense let the team down. I could write that the Vikings offense was in shambles without Ponder. I could say that it was unfortunate for the Vikings to be forced to start Joe Webb.
I'm not going to do that. Instead, I want to focus on a very good 2012 Vikings campaign. I predicted that the Vikings would win only six games this year. They won 10 games and made it to the playoffs. That's from a team that came off a 3-13 2011 season.
The Vikings rode on the back and legs of the amazing Adrian Peterson (AP). The back came just 9 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record. AP's historic season was the second best in NFL history, this from a man who was returning from a serious injury. No one could have expected AP to have this type of season.
Then there was the amazing run at the end of the season that saw the Vikings winning three games against the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers. That was an amazing December that Vikings fans witnessed.
We also witnessed a Christian Ponder who turned things around from his early season slump. We saw Ponder being a major part of Vikings victories. I would have loved to see Christian Ponder in this game bit it wasn't meant to be. It might not have helped at all. Aaron Rodgers dismantled the Vikings defense and rendered them useless.
We also witnessed a huge improvement in Leslie Frazier. He is finally settling in to his role and looked comfortable on the sidelines this year. He seems to have a real plan. I look forward to seeing that plan unfold next year. I look forward to seeing what Frazier can do with more tools in his arsenal. It's up to Vikings management to provide him with the tools to do that.
This was a fun season. It should leave Vikings fans being confident for next year. The team has some good things going for it. They have AP. They have a young quarterback that seems to be improving. They have to make some improvements in the pass defense game. They have to acquire a receiver or two but we have hope. We have hope.
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Season MVP - Adrian Peterson