The Minnesota Vikings were fine on offense last season. It wasn’t great, but it was not the problem. The Vikings have enough playmakers on offense to be among the league’s best.
They have Pro Bowl type players throughout the lineup, with one notable exception - quarterback. The quarterback group is better as a whole than in recent seasons, but lacks anything above average, at the moment.
Here are the five best players on the Minnesota Vikings offense.
No. 1 RB Adrian Peterson
The 6-foot-1-inch, 217-pound eighth-year veteran could be the best player in the league. He certainly is the best running back. He has finished two of the last three seasons with an injury, but won the league’s MVP award and finished just short of the league’s record for rushing yards in a season in between.
No. 2 WR Cordarrelle Patterson
The 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound second-year veteran is emerging as a star. Peterson’s speed, size and elusiveness give him the ability to score every time he touches the ball. It took the Vikings more than half the season to fully utilize his playmaking skills. He finished his rookie season with 45 catches (29 after Week 9), 469 receiving yards (323 after Week 9) and four receiving touchdowns (all after Week 9). He also had 12 rushing attempts (11 after Week 9), 158 rushing yards (156 after Week 9) and three rushing touchdowns (all after Week 9).
No. 3 WR Greg Jennings
The 6-foot, 195-pound ninth-year veteran is the most proven playmaker on the Vikings offense. He signed with the Vikings last offseason after spending the first seven years of his career with the Green Bay Packers. He failed to build chemistry with Christian Ponder and had his two best games with Matt Cassel at quarterback. He posted three catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London, Cassel’s first start, and 11 catches for 163 yards and one touchdowns in a Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
No. 4 C John Sullivan
The 6-foot-4-inch, 301-pound seventh-year veteran is one of the most underrated offensive linemen in the league. He has quietly become one of the best centers and leaders of the Vikings offense. He has started every game, with the exception of three games in 2011 and 2010, since taking over as the full-time starter in 2009.
No. 5 TE Kyle Rudolph
The 6-foot-6-inch, 259-pound fourth-year veteran is a big size matchup advantage for the Vikings. He has long arms and strong hands that expand his catch radius beyond his 6-6 frame. He is not the fleetest of foot nor an elite athlete, but he knows how to use his body to shield defenders. He finished last season on injured reserve after breaking his foot in Week 9.