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Without question, the team's veteran acquisitions during the offseason have sparked optimism about the team's chances to make dramatic improvement in 2008.

Are the Vikings Celtics-esque?

The Vikings aren't exactly following the Danny Ainge blueprint for the Boston Celtics in building their team, but their veteran offseason acquisitions might have some drawing comparisons to the recently crowned NBA champs.

One of four teams mentioned in this Pro Football Weekly blog, the Vikings made perhaps the biggest move of the offseason in trading for DE Jaren Allen, who "has some bust potential, but fits what the team needed and could be an All Pro."

They also signed Bernard Berrian and Madieu Williams, who are "solid veterans who should improve their respective positions."

Top draft pick, rookie Tyrell Johnson was also mentioned as a player who "won't start, but he could contribute as a third safety and special teamer."

The burning question remains just how much those key acquisitions will improve a team that flirted with big-time success a year ago but stumbled to an 8-8 finish in the end.

Audibles:

The Over/Under for wins by the Vikings this season is 8.5, but with the team's offensive line, the 1-2 punch of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor, a defense that stops the run and improved pass rush with the addition of Jared Allen, they could be the most well-rounded teams in the division, according to this link.

It's interesting that the Vikings have a splash promoting tickets when you enter their website that pictures their Front Five, if you will, on the defensive line - Ray Edwards, Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Brian Robison - with the headline "1 Sack at a Time."  They're offering five-game Gold and Purple ticket packages.

Vikings coach Brad Childress is scheduled to speak at the opening ceremonies to 1,200 Special Olympics athletes from across the state of Minnesota who will take part in state track and field, volleyball, powerlifting and gymnastics competition at the 2008 Summer Games this weekend.

How good can QB Tarvaris Jackson be?  "I'd go back to the last five or seven minutes of the Denver game," Childress says in this USA Today story.  "When we were down 16 points, and we go into a no-huddle, and he kind of wills us down the field - by moving, by scrambling, by hitting people, by stepping up in the pocket and putting one up on the flag, by running for (32) yards.  Just the best of Tarvaris Jackson.  How good can he be?  He can be this good."

No question, the ability of Jackson to keep defenses from focusing on stopping Adrian Peterson like they did down the stretch last season are critical to the team's success in 2008.

Question:  Was the recent prediction by Jared Allen that the Vikings are headed for the Super Bowl too much bravado for the new guy?  Three guys answer.

RB Adrian Peterson has learned quickly how to leverage his popularity for benevolent causes.  He recently auctioned a dinner for four at Peterson's home, which Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants bid $2,500 for with the winning bid.  A package of two tickets to the ESPYs, including round-trip air fare, lodging, transportation for two to Los Angeles that includes dinner with Peterson, Roy Williams and Tommie Harris went for $7,150.  The money Peterson raised will go to Special Olympics Minnesota, the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of the Twin Cities and other youth enrichment programs.

It sounds like former Vikings linebacker Dontarrious Thomas is being ridden hard in 49er OTAs by coach Mike Singletary.

The Vikings have been the popular pick in early 2009 NFC championship betting odds at 9-1.

Two former Vikings quarterbacks made a list of the Top 10 mobile quarterbacks in NFL history - Randall Cunningham (1997-99) and Fran Tarkenton (1961-66, 72-78) .  There are video clips for both at NFL.com.

Will someone eventually step up and resolve the issue on the fact that the team's Metrodome lease runs out in 2011?

DT Conrad Bolston, who spent most of last season with the Vikings (practice squad) before being claimed on waivers by the Packers, is working in the middle of a five-man front in their short-yardage defense.

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Are the Vikings Celtics-esque?

The Vikings aren't exactly following the Danny Ainge blueprint for the Boston Celtics in building their team, but their veteran offseason acquisitions might have some drawing comparisons to the recently crowned NBA champs.

One of four teams mentioned in this Pro Football Weekly blog, the Vikings made perhaps the biggest move of the offseason in trading for DE Jaren Allen, who "has some bust potential, but fits what the team needed and could be an All Pro."

They also signed Bernard Berrian and Madieu Williams, who are "solid veterans who should improve their respective positions."

Top draft pick, rookie Tyrell Johnson was also mentioned as a player who "won't start, but he could contribute as a third safety and special teamer."

The burning question remains just how much those key acquisitions will improve a team that flirted with big-time success a year ago but stumbled to an 8-8 finish in the end.

Audibles:

The Over/Under for wins by the Vikings this season is 8.5, but with the team's offensive line, the 1-2 punch of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor, a defense that stops the run and improved pass rush with the addition of Jared Allen, they could be the most well-rounded teams in the division, according to this link.

It's interesting that the Vikings have a splash promoting tickets when you enter their website that pictures their Front Five, if you will, on the defensive line - Ray Edwards, Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Brian Robison - with the headline "1 Sack at a Time."  They're offering five-game Gold and Purple ticket packages.

Vikings coach Brad Childress is scheduled to speak at the opening ceremonies to 1,200 Special Olympics athletes from across the state of Minnesota who will take part in state track and field, volleyball, powerlifting and gymnastics competition at the 2008 Summer Games this weekend.

How good can QB Tarvaris Jackson be?  "I'd go back to the last five or seven minutes of the Denver game," Childress says in this USA Today story.  "When we were down 16 points, and we go into a no-huddle, and he kind of wills us down the field - by moving, by scrambling, by hitting people, by stepping up in the pocket and putting one up on the flag, by running for (32) yards.  Just the best of Tarvaris Jackson.  How good can he be?  He can be this good."

No question, the ability of Jackson to keep defenses from focusing on stopping Adrian Peterson like they did down the stretch last season are critical to the team's success in 2008.

Question:  Was the recent prediction by Jared Allen that the Vikings are headed for the Super Bowl too much bravado for the new guy?  Three guys answer.

RB Adrian Peterson has learned quickly how to leverage his popularity for benevolent causes.  He recently auctioned a dinner for four at Peterson's home, which Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants bid $2,500 for with the winning bid.  A package of two tickets to the ESPYs, including round-trip air fare, lodging, transportation for two to Los Angeles that includes dinner with Peterson, Roy Williams and Tommie Harris went for $7,150.  The money Peterson raised will go to Special Olympics Minnesota, the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of the Twin Cities and other youth enrichment programs.

It sounds like former Vikings linebacker Dontarrious Thomas is being ridden hard in 49er OTAs by coach Mike Singletary.

The Vikings have been the popular pick in early 2009 NFC championship betting odds at 9-1.

Two former Vikings quarterbacks made a list of the Top 10 mobile quarterbacks in NFL history - Randall Cunningham (1997-99) and Fran Tarkenton (1961-66, 72-78) .  There are video clips for both at NFL.com.

Will someone eventually step up and resolve the issue on the fact that the team's Metrodome lease runs out in 2011?

DT Conrad Bolston, who spent most of last season with the Vikings (practice squad) before being claimed on waivers by the Packers, is working in the middle of a five-man front in their short-yardage defense.

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