Peter King has placed 5 Vikings (via Access Vikings) in his list of the 50 best players in the NFL. Adrian Peterson is #5, Jared Allen #9, Kevin Williams #13, Steve Hutchinson #17 and Antoine Winfield #25. What, no Big Pat? Those other defensive guys are great but isn’t Pat really the lynch pin? Actually, I’m glad Pat didn’t make this list – 5 guys is scary, but 6 would’ve been downright terrifying. Sorry, but all this praise just makes me jittery. I’m not used to the Vikings being talked up in the preseason like this. I think I’d prefer their being dismissed they way they were before 1998 when they put up one of the great offensive seasons of all-time. It’s better to sneak up on people. Hype breeds over-confidence. Hopefully this team, which is pretty veteran in a lot of key places, won’t buy into it. And hopefully, by the end of the season, they’ll have proven themselves worthy.