At this current moment there are 32 teams tied for the right to represent their respective conference in Super Bowl XLVIII. It’s the only time during the season where every organization has an equal opportunity to make those plans. Then slowly, week by week the layers are pealed away to reveal those teams that took the necessary steps towards a legitimate title run and those that squandered yet another opportunity to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
There’s not an NFL fan base in the country that doesn’t have the right to remain optimistic about travel plans to New York in early February. Some are a bit more confident than others, but anything is possible entering into Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season.
The Minnesota Vikings haven’t had a championship’s chance since 1976 when they lost to the Oakland Raiders in Super bowl XI. Yet Vikings fans are some of the most passionate and loyal you’ll find in the League – year after year. Might this be the season of purple & gold? The odds are stacked against it. But Virlisa Lane of NFLFemale.com and a Vikings contributor sees reasons for hope in the land of the Norse.
Good luck to all 32 teams, you’re going to need some at some point.
The Football Educator
Ready for the Season!
by Virlisa Lane – NFLFemale.com
Well it’s that time of year. The final preseason game has been played, the 53-man roster has been selected, and the practiced squad has been determined. All of that means that football is just around the corner.
Let’s discuss some new members of the Minnesota Vikings’ roster.
Minnesota native Marcus Sherels is back for another year. I believe that this had to be one of the most difficult preseasons for Sherels. He was trailing behind Bobby Felder in the depth chart right before the final preseason game. A 109 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, an interception against the Tennessee Titans and an ankle injury to Felder closed the deal for Sherels to get the last cornerback spot.
Watch out for Sharrif Floyd with the injury to Kevin Williams, Floyd will have some huge cleats to fill.
I am so excited to see Zach Line this season. Since Jerome Felton has been suspended, this tough-as-nails FB may have an opportunity to block for the one and only MVPeterson.
Veterans Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop – need I say more? Jennings can catch just about anything, so I am not worried about Ponder getting him the ball. Bishop is a LB. Enough said. Bishop has always been a BEAST on the field and will continue, he is definitely not worried about past injuries and neither am I.
We all know that Michael Mauti was a Big 10 LB and had several knee surgeries, but this guy is SKOLDIER! I can see him having a decent football career.
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