Three Vikings have been deemed worthy of midseason all-pro honors by the folks at Pro Football Weekly. Adrian Peterson was an obvious choice at running back, even before his incredible performance against Seatle. He is joined on the team by wide receiver Percy Harvin and kicker Blair Walsh. Harvin was also recognized for his work as a kick returner. Sorry Jasper Brinkley, you fell just short.
Nothing to quibble with in any of those three selections. Peterson and Harvin have been models of tenacity and brilliance all season despite the general offensive struggles. And Walsh has been fantastic in replacing Ryan Longwell. Only other Viking who might’ve had a shot to make the squad is center John Sullivan who is having a strong year as well. Maybe Antoine Winfield. But you can’t get too greedy.
Other NFC North players to make the team.
QB – Aaron Rodgers
DE – Julius Peppers
OLB – Lance Briggs
OLB – Clay Mathews
CB – Charles Tillman
And now about Adrian Peterson’s offensive player of the year candidacy. He has a really good shot at it. You have to figure Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan will be in that mix. Maybe Marshawn Lynch. But the way Peterson’s going, his stats could be absurd. He has an outside shot at 2,000 yards if he can really turn it on the second half. But the Vikes will be facing some tough defenses. Also, you have to wonder if he can keep it up with no passing game whatsoever. Eventually facing those stacked boxes will take its toll you have to figure. It will be interesting.
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