Minnesota Vikings 2015 Team MVP Awards

Brendan Walker
Pro Football Spot writers and analysts took matters into their own hands and voted on which players were the MVPs on both the offense and defensive sides for the 2015 football season. | Photo Credit: nflspinzone.com & thescore.com

Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson

  • Position: Running Back
  • Rushing Attempts: 327
  • Rushing Yards: 1,485
  • Rushing Average: 4.5 yards/carry
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 11
  • Receptions: 30
  • Reception Yards: 222


“I don’t think there is any doubt about it that Adrian Peterson is the offensive MVP. Since entering the league in 2007, Peterson has been the best running back in the league. Outside of 2009 (Brett Favre’s first year in Minnesota) and 2014 when Peterson missed 15 games to his child abuse charges, Peterson has always been the MVP of the offense. This season he led the league with 1,485 rushing yards at age 30. He did not get much help from his offense line, but it did not have much of an effect on him. The Vikings defense played a huge in role in them going 11-5 and winning the division, but so did Peterson’s play. The passing offense was once again suspect, but was bailed out a lot by the future Hall-of-Famer. Can you imagine how he will do in 2016 with an improved offensive line?”

---Ali Siddiqui (@asiddiqui15)


Defensive Player of the Year: Harrison Smith

  • Position: Free Safety 
  • Solo Tackles: 49
  • Assisted Tackles: 17
  • Sacks: 1.5
  • Forced Fumbles: 1
  • Interceptions: 2
  • Passes Defended: 13
  • Touchdowns: 1


“The Vikings defense was fifth in the league in points allowed (18.9 per game). They got plenty of contributions from Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Xavier Rhodes. The MVP of the defense though should be Harrison Smith. The fourth-year safety made it to the Pro Bowl for the first time this past season. The Vikings passing defense was 12th in the league with 234.9 passing yards allowed per game and Smith played a huge role in that. Since entering the league in 2012, he has shown that he can not only cover the pass but also stop the run and rush the quarterback. Cornerback Terence Newman mentioned to me at training camp that Smith is a very underrated player and also reminds him of his ex-teammate Darren Woodson because of his ability to cover. This defense under Mike Zimmer has improved dramatically and he would be one of the first ones to tell you that Smith has played a huge role in that.”                            

---Ali Siddiqui (@asiddiqui15)


The Minnesota Vikings finished the regular season with a 11-5 record and will have the 23rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Brendan Walker is an NFL Analyst for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @b_dog_walker

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Vikings really have a good core together. Shame things ended the way they did in 2015. I think if Bridgewater can take steps to take some more pressure off that run game Minnesota should be in great shape for 2016. I'd be pretty surprised if the north didn't have at least two representatives in the playoffs next season. 

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