Just took a gander at the NFL's individual statistical leaders as another weekend of football wraps up.
Of note to Vikings watchers is that Adrian Peterson leads the league in rushing, 10 months after wrecking his left knee, and Percy Harvin is tied with Wes Welker for the lead league in catches. (Chad Greenway also leads the league in tackles, but I don't consider that stat to be very useful in determining how well a defensive player is playing. It might mean Greenway's making a lot of tackles three or four yards beyond the line of scrimmage – or worse).
We're all bummed out by the Vikings performance against the Buccaneers Thursday night and we're worried about what that performance means for the Vikings final eight games of the season. But as long as Peterson and Harvin remain healthy, the Vikings will have a good shot at being competitive this season because they are among the best at what they do in the NFL at two important positions.
On the other hand, one reason the Vikings will have a hard time building on their strong first half of the season is how bad the wide receiver depth is beyond Harvin. Jerome Simpson, Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu and Stephen Burton have 43 catches, 546 yards and two TD receptions combined – and the bulk of that is coming from Jenkins (24 catches, 287 yards, 1 TD).
If the Vikings flame out in the second half of the season, the lack of production from Minnesota's WRs will be one of the main reasons why. Quarterback Christian Ponder just doesn't have enough guys who can get open. As ESPN 1500's Tom Pelissero writes in his tape review of the loss to Tampa Bay, it might be time to finally activate rookie fourth round pick Jarius Wright to add some much needed speed to this group and to shake things up a bit. He can't be any worse than what the Vikings have been running out there.