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4 Vikings Make Scout.com’s All-NFC North Offense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 22, 2009 – 8:48 am

The 4 writers who cover the NFC North for Scout.com, including Tim Yotter from Viking Update, are putting their heads together to compile a preseason All-NFC North team. They began with the offense, and 4 Vikings made their team.

You can view the team, and reasons behind each pick, by clicking here.

The team looks pretty solid. There’s always going to be viable debates when a group of people get together to compile a preseason all-star team. One change I might have considered was including Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe instead of Bears TE Greg Olsen. Don’t get me wrong, Olsen is a fine pick, but Shiancoe projects as a better player this year in my eyes. Although the Bears currently have a better QB situation, I think Olsen will be the focus of every team’s attention when they try to stop the Bears passing game.

In addition to that, Shiancoe really came on last year as a threat in the Vikings passing game. Atlthough he had 12 fewer receptions, Shiancoe did have 2 more TDs than Olsen, double the number of catches of 20+ yards and also better per-catch and per-game receiving yardage totals. Again, it might be a nit-picky complaint, but one worth at least mentioning.


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