HOW THEY RUN
Since coming to Minnesota in 2006, coach Brad Childress has tweaked the Andy Reid-designed version of the West Coast offense that Childress ran in Philadelphia to lean more toward the run. That shift became more apparent in '07 with the addition of Adrian Peterson. Since then no NFC team has run the ball more often or scored more rushing touchdowns than Minnesota. Chalk that up to two talented backs—Peterson and former 1,000-yard rusher Chester Taylor—but also to the lack of a serious passing threat.
HOW THEY PASS
We knew it, you knew it, and so did every one of the Vikings' opponents in '08: Minnesota can't pass the ball consistently under Childress. Since '06 no Vikings quarterback has logged even a 300-yard passing game. And only thrice has a player passed for more than two scores. In that same 48-game stretch, a wide receiver has topped 100 yards in a game five times, and only four times has a wide receiver caught more than six balls. The lack of an effective passer clearly cost Minnesota at the end of last season. Don't let it cost you.
Peterson is a stud, which makes Taylor a waste as anything but a handcuff. If you dare dabble in the Vikings' passing game, stick to Bernard Berrian. Percy Harvin has already demonstrated some issues on and off the field; he does little more than devalue guys like Bobby Wade and Sidney Rice. And at quarterback you're better off waiting for whoever wrestles the job from the supremely flawed Tarvaris Jackson. But if a certain twice-retired future Hall of Fame quarterback comes out of retirement again and dons the purple-and-gold, forget everything we said.