TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings At Indianapolis Colts

Vikings
Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars v Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts v Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback
So far, so good for the Minnesota Vikings, as they came out of the gate with a victory that was nothing short of miraculous in Week One. Christian Ponder rallied his team in the final seconds to tie the game and then keyed the drive in overtime that produced the decisive field goal.
Winner The initial chapter in the Andrew Luck story was did not produce a victory as the Colts were overmatched in Chicago. However, Luck is a remarkable player who will probably have many extraordinary moments this year because of his accuracy, arm strength and ability to read defenses.
Offense
Winner Adrian Peterson answered many questions in his return after reconstructive knee surgery. He is the hardest hitting and most powerful running back in the NFL. Percy Harvin is the Vikings’ go-to receiver and he features speed, agility and the ability to get open.
Luck may not have a ton of great offensive talent to work with, but he has veteran Reggie Wayne, who knows how to take advantage of lax defensive play. Donald Brown is a hard-working running back who possesses average skills.
Defense
Winner The Vikings struggled on the defensive end last year and it will take time for new defensive coordinator Allan Williams’ scheme to take hold. Defensive Jared Allen must provide consistent pressure while linebackers Erin Henderson and Chad Greenway must be active.
The Colts are no longer a read-and-react team playing the Tampa 2 defense. New head coach Chuck Pagano wants the team to attack with a hybrid 3-4 and that should leave many opening for opponents to exploit. Look for improvement in the second half of the season.
Special Teams
Winner The Vikings may have great success on special teams this year. Harvin is a fearless return man and placekicker Blair Walsh started the season by going 4-for-4 on FG attempts, including a 55-yarder.
The Colts have one of the best placekickers in NFL history in Adam Vinatieri, but he is no longer the kind of kicker who can connect on the longer attempts. Punter Pat McAfee opened the season by averaging 51.4 yards on five kicks against the Bears.

The Winner Is

Jacksonville Jaguars v Minnesota Vikings
Winner Vikings
3 out of 4

The Vikings have more edges but the Colts have a potential superstar in Luck and this is his first regular-season home game. If the Colts get off to a quick start, they could be too much for the Vikings to handle. A possible win for Luck in his second NFL start.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers (Photo Credit: Mike McGinnis, Getty Images) Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Elite Eight Tale: #1 Wisconsin Vs. #2 Arizona

    It is rematch time. Last year, the Wisconsin Badgers and Arizona Wildcats met in the Elite Eight and Wisconsin walked away with a 64-63 overtime win.

  2. Devin Booker #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Zach Auguste #30 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Elite Eight Tale: #1 Kentucky Vs. #3 Notre Dame

    Coming into the Sweet 16, West Virginia showed confidence that they could be the team that finally knocked off the Kentucky Wildcats.

  3. (Photo Credit: Grant Halverson, Getty Images) (Photo Credit: Gene Sweeney Jr., Getty Images)
    Sweet 16: #1 Duke Vs. #5 Utah

    So much for the weak Pac-12 this year: The Utah Utes are one of three teams from the beleaguered conference to make the Sweet 16 this year, and they’ll face the best ACC team left in the tournament: Duke.

See All Tales of the Tape