The Vikings finished third in a fan poll ranking the best teams of 2010. The top four teams were predictably the last four teams standing in the 2009 playoffs.
The NFL's official website had fans vote on who the best and worst teams in the league are. As was expected, after more than 100,000 votes were cast, the Super Bowl matchup from February produced the top two vote-getting teams.
New Orleans finished first in the fan voting, followed by the Colts. The Vikings finished third and the Jets, who advanced to the AFC Championship Game, finished fourth. Rounding out the top 10 were Dallas, Green Bay, Baltimore, San Diego, New England and the Giants.
The Bears finished 22nd in the poll, while the Lions were voted 31st. The St. Louis Rams were voted the worst team in the league.
According to the fan rankings, based on how they placed the teams, the Vikings and Saints would earn byes in the 2010 playoffs and the other division champions would be Dallas and San Francisco (No. 17 overall). The wild card berths would go to the Packers and Giants.
As we're starting to discover, more and more people are getting on board with the Vikings as a team to beat (if not the
team to beat) in 2010. Granted, if Brett Favre
decides not to return, you can bet there will be a lot of broken ankles from fans just as quickly jumping off that wagon.
The rankings for the Madden 11 video game are out and the Vikings have a team rating of 88, going on the assumption that Favre returns. The Saints are the top-ranked Madden team with a score of 92. The Cowboys and Packers are tied for third at 87 points. The Vikings rank fifth overall, behind the Saints, Colts (91), Ravens (90) and the Jets (89).
Monday marked an ignominious anniversary. It was five years ago Monday that the NFL announced that Vikings running Onterrio Smith would be suspended for the 2005 season over the infamous case of the Original Whizzinator. The incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport brought the product Original Whizzinator into public consciousness, although most likely would have preferred it remain something of a secret. Among the "Too Much Information" that was learned was that the product came in four colors – white, brown, black and Latino. Who knew Latino was a color?
Adrian Peterson returned to Winter Park this week in preparation for the team's mandatory minicamp this weekend. Peterson has missed the early portions of the Vikings OTA practices. A.D. has worked out near in Houston close to his home.
Ben Leber is one of 25 current or former players that have been selected to go through an NFL broadcasting boot camp June 21-24 at NFL Films in New Jersey. Of the 65 players who have taken part in the first three boot camps, 28 have already earned broadcasting jobs.
The Vikings may have the option to lower the tender offer made to Ray Edwards in one week. Restricted free agents have until June 15 to sign their tenders or teams can reduce the amount they will be offered. For example, the Chargers have an offer for wide receiver Vincent Jackson that is $3.27 million and have hinted that, if he doesn't sign by June 15, San Diego officials will drop his tender offer to $583,000. Look for several teams to have some issues with the newly created restricted free agents.
ValleyFair, an amusement park south of the Twin Cities, has a spot for Vikings fans to sign banners urging Favre to come back to the Vikings this summer. The banners will be able to be signed until July 4, at which point ValleyFair officials will present the signatures to the Vikings, who, presumably, will forward them to Favre.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.