Is it the Packergeeks who are loaded?
This is the question I had to ask myself this morning when one of the sports guys I tend to agree with more than just about anyone, Eric Casilias, said on Mike and Mike in the morning, ESPN radio, that if Tarvaris Jackson can put up even the 16th best QB numbers in the NFL this year (or just have an average year), the Vikings would be his Super Bowl team. What? Do any of these guys realize we’re talking about the Vikings?
The thing that is not being said when all of these guys (Vikings themselves, Dr. Z, Eric Casilias, SportsNation fan polling) extol the virtues of our purple neighbors, is that the Vikings have an unbelievable ability to self-sabotage. They were 15-1 in the regular season a few years ago, having the best statistical season for years offensively. They just rolled through that season. They had it all, including a kicker who didn’t miss all year. Then, of course, because they are the Vikings, that kicker missed the most important field goal of his life (only a 38 yarder) in the playoffs and it ended up being a major reason they lost. With a coach like Brad Childress, fair-weather fans and a legacy rife with sabotagocity, as it were, I have a hard time believing this Vikings team, despite having some talent on paper, will play in the Super Bowl.
Let’s compare these Vikes to our Packers:
- RB – advantage Vikes
- WR – advantage Packers (big)
- QB – advantage Packers
- TE – advantage Packers (big)
- O-Line – even
- D-Line – advantage Vikes
- Linebackers – advantage Packers (slight)
- Secondary – even (being generous here, Packers likely have edge)
- Special teams – even
- Coaching – advantage Packers (big)
I would highly recommend that all of these bandwagon jumpers review my highly scientific model of analysis above to realize the Vikes aren’t even the best in their division.