Questions Answered: Adrian or Le’Veon, Next ROH Inductee, Expectation of O’Connell

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the June 29th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to [email protected].

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

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Q: Who wins the boxing match between Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell in July?

Nov 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) hands the ball to running back Adrian Peterson (8) against the Houston Texans during pre-game warm-ups at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

A: A question like this posed to a Vikings website without the answer “Adrian Peterson” would be odd.

We’ll take Peterson even though he’s older than his opponent. It’s no secret that Peterson is [and was] a freakishly athletic beast, which should translate well to a boxing ring. Bell is more fun-loving than Peterson, while the former Viking possesses a killer instinct.

Give us Peterson because, well, he’s Peterson.

Peterson is the underdog, though.

Q: Which Vikings player should be the next Ring of Honor inductee at U.S. Bank Stadium?

A: If the Vikings have semi-immediate plans to enshrine a new member to the Ring of Honor, it should be Jared Allen.

Allen last played for the Vikings in 2013 and left the sport after the 2015 season. It’s time. By the time the Vikings ownership got around to it, if Allen is “the guy,” he’d be 10 years removed.

Should the Vikings induct nobody in the near future, the aforementioned Peterson is a no-brainer whenever they’re ready for the next ROH candidate.

Q: What record for the Vikings in 2022 would be considered a good first year for Kevin O’Connell?

Jun 8, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell talks to wide receivers Adam Thielen (left) and Justin Jefferson (right) during mandatory minicamp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: The Vikings must finish 10-7 with a playoff appearance — and not get slaughtered in Round 1 — to merit a good first season for Kevin O’Connell.

Minnesota could’ve burned down the roster and started over this offseason. They didn’t. Now, after renewing playoff-contendership stakes — especially with Kirk Cousins still employed — Minnesota must reach the postseason for the first time since 2019.

Anything less would probably signal a shift away from Cousins at QB1.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).