As we enter Week Four of the NFL season, there are a lot of different storylines across football. Can the Patriots go undefeated as Tom Brady returns from his Deflategate suspension? Can the Denver Broncos' defense lead them to another championship? What is happening to some of the perceived elite teams, such as the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers?
However, one of the biggest storylines in the NFL, at least in my opinion, is the resurgence of the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are currently one of five teams in the NFL that are still undefeated, and they are doing this without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Adrian Peterson.
As we all remember, Teddy Bridgewater went down with a non-contact left leg injury on August 30, 2016. A MRI revealed that Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL, as well other structural damage, which included a dislocation of the knee joint. While Bridgewater's season and perhaps career are in question, the Vikings still had a season to compete in. Subsequently, the Vikings traded a 2017 first-round pick, as well as a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for former #1 overall pick Sam Bradford.
Additionally, Adrian Peterson went down in Week Two in the Vikings' first game in the new and beautiful U.S. Bank Stadium against the Green Bay Packers in Sunday Night Football. After leaving the game with a right knee injury, it was announced that Peterson would need surgery to repair a torn meniscus. On September 23rd, Peterson was placed on the Injured Reserve and will be lost for the better part of the 2016 season.
Nonetheless, the Vikings are undefeated and could be a threat in the postseason. The Vikings have one of the better defenses in the NFL, and the Broncos showed that a defense-heavy team can win the Super Bowl. According to fivethirtyeight.com, the Vikings lead the league in sack rate, and are allowing only 3.5 yards per carry.
If the Vikings want to continue on this pace, they need to continue to not turn the ball over and play efficient football. Will they continue on this pace? Probably not, especially with the injury-proned Sam Bradford at the helm. However, this is a great story to keep an eye on during the season.