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2013 NFL Preview: NFC North

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Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) stiff arms Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings

2012 Record: 10-6; 2nd Place

2013 Prediction: 6-10

Confidence in Pick: 35%

Losses: Percy Harvin

Pickups: Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson

Reasons for Optimism:

Adrian Peterson – Hard not to like a guy that runs for the second most yards in NFL history just 8 months removed from tearing his ACL. Peterson is a physical specimen and one of the few throwback workhorse RBs left in the NFL. Nothing is more impressive than when a defense knows a RB is getting the ball yet cannot stop him.

Jared Allen – Possibly the most under-rated player in the NFL. For a guy that has averaged an impressive 13.0 sacks per year over the course of his 9 year career, you don’t here a lot about him. For reference, Reggie White averaged 13.2 sacks per year. Allen is 16th on the all-time sack list with 117.0. Another season of 13 sacks would move him up to 6th; 1.5 behind Michael Strahan. And the best part about Allen is not his sacks; for most of his career Allen has shamelessly rocked a mullet and cutoff jorts!