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Overview of the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are one of only two sides that have lost four Super Bowls without winning any. The Vikings played in four Super Bowls in eight years, from 1969-1976, but were unsuccessful on all four occasions. Since that time they have been regular qualifiers for the playoffs but have never returned to the Super Bowl.

Statistics Overview of the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings joined the NFL in 1961. They have played their home matches at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome since 1982 but will move to a new stadium in 2014. They have never won the Super Bowl despite winning the NFC Conference Championship on four occasions. The Vikings have won their division on eighteen occasions and qualified for the playoffs twenty-seven times. They have a regular season record of 431-365-10 and a playoffs record of 19-27. The Detroit Lions are their biggest rivals.

Conference: NFC
Established: 1961
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium (2014-)
Super Bowl Championships: 0
Conference Championships: 4 (1969, 1973, 1974, 1976)
Division Championships: 18 (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2009)
Playoff Appearances: 27 (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012)
Overall Record: 431-365-10
Playoff Record: 19-27
Biggest Rivals: Detroit Lions
Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
Legenday Players: Fran Tarkenton, Robert Smith, Chris Carter, Carl Eller

Minnesota Vikings: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder was selected with the twelfth pick of the 2011 NFL draft. Ponder started his rookie season as the backup to Donovan McNabb but was promoted to the starting role in week seven. Ponder won his first game as a starter against the Carolina Panthers in week eight but did not win again until the penultimate game off the season against the Washington Redskins. Ponder was a decent performer in 2011, however recorded a standout season in 2012, passing for almost 3000 yards and leading the Vikings to their first playoff series since 2009. 2013 was a bit weaker, as the team displayed a quarterback carousel. Ponder only started nine games, due in part to a concussion. Hopefully he can come back in 2014 and lead the Vikings to playoffs again.

Offensive Star: Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson was drafted by the Vikings with the 7th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. Since his NFL debut in 2007, Peterson has developed into the best running back in the NFL. Peterson stormed onto the NFL scene in 2007 winning the NFL Rookie of the year award as well as being the NFL rushing leader. He backed this up in 2008 by winning the NFL Rushing Title and NFL Ground Player of the Year Award. Peterson holds the record for the most yards rushed in a single NFL game, running for 296 yards and three touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers. After just five seasons he holds the record for most rushing touchdowns by a Vikings player. Peterson tore his ACL and MCL late in the 2011 season. In 2012, Peterson returned for his greatest season to date, falling just nine yards short of the all-time NFL record for single season rushing set in 1984 earning himself the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL MVP awards. In 2013 he was chosen for the Pro Bowl for the seventh time in eight years.

Defensive Star: Kevin Williams

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Kevin Williams with the 9th overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft. Williams has been the most consistent defensive performer for the Vikings in the last decade and one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. He has been selected for the NFC Pro Bowl side on six occasions and an All-Pro selection five times. Williams has missed only two games since making his debut in 2003. Williams is the leader of the Vikings defense and will be the key to the franchises hopeful progression in 2014.

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer earned his first head coaching position in January 2014, when the Minnesota Vikings hired him to replace Leslie Frazer. Zimmer is the 9th head coach in Viking history. Despite this being his first head coaching gig, he's had a lot of experience in the NFL. Since 2000 he has been the defensive coordinator for the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, and Cincinnati Bengals. He worked with the Cowboys in a defensive capacity from 1994 all the way up to 2006. In 2009, Zimmer earned NFL Assistant Coach of the Year honors from Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers and from CBSSports.com after guiding the Bengals to the 4th ranked defense in the league. His success in building the defense made him sought after by a number of teams. He will set out to prove himself in his debut season.

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