The Vikings are 2-7 and played like a 2-7 team Monday night. This is a team that does not have the talent to compete with the upper echelon of teams in the NFL, as evidenced by their two blowout losses to the two best teams on their schedule this season, the Bears and the Packers.
The Vikings are in for a major rebuilding project that will span the next couple of seasons. The stock of talent on the team is sorely lacking, and there aren't enough young players in tow ready to take the place of aging veterans. At wide receiver, defensive tackle, along the offensive line and in the secondary, the Vikings have veterans who are faltering and young players without the ability to step up.
Outside of WR Percy Harvin, there are no weapons on the outside that threaten a defense. With DT Kevin Williams playing the way he has this season, his future with the team has to be in doubt. No one on the offensive line has played well this season, especially in pass protection. The team's focus needs to be on finding two new bookend tackles, as Charlie Johnson and Phil Loadholt have been mediocre, at best, all season. The secondary is in shambles with Chris Cook's future uncertain, Antoine Winfield aging and injured, and the safety position in a muddled mess.
The team appears to have a quarterback of the future in Christian Ponder and the best running back in football in Adrian Peterson. Jared Allen is having a great statistical season. Beyond that, though, the team has very little talent moving forward.
At 2-7, the focus should now be on which young players are keepers for the future and which players won't be in purple after 2011.
The process of getting younger through the draft has to begin this offseason. Accumulating talented, young players and letting them grow together, the Packers' blueprint, is the way to build teams in today's NFL.