It would be unrealistic to expect another 2,000-yard season from running back Adrian Peterson, though certainly nothing he does would surprise anyone. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is emerging as a reliable target in the middle of the field, leading the team with nine touchdown receptions
Christian Ponder needs more weapons at receiver, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave must have the confidence to allow his quarterback to take more chances down the field.
The Vikings scored only 34 touchdowns in 16 regular-season games, a number that must increase if the team is to match or exceed last season’s success. Another weapon at receiver takes some of the pressure off the running back and quarterback, keeping defenses from bunching all 11 players near the line of scrimmage.
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