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VOTE: Vikings Territory Midseason Awards

It’s the halfway point of the season, meaning it’s time to take stock of the current Minnesota Vikings. Adam Patrick put together his own recap earlier in the week, but now, we’re giving you the power to assess exactly where this team stands.

At the end of last season, we handed out fan-voted awards to a number of players. You named Harrison Smith the Vikings’ best defensive player, declared Eric Kendricks the team’s most outstanding rookie, and agreed that Adrian Peterson deserved two awards — best offensive player and most valuable player.

But this year’s roster is completely different, and such, deserving of a little midseason evaluation. Gone are Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Wallace, and the architect of the 2015 offense — Norv Turner. In their place, Sam Bradford and a trio of complementary backs are doing their best to keep a Pat Shurmur attack afloat.

On defense, the core remains, and at the beginning of the year, was one of the league’s best units. Injuries and a regression to the norm, however, have spelled trouble for Mike Zimmer and Co. in recent weeks. There’s plenty of individual talent, but collectively, the “Purple Reign” hasn’t lived up to its name since Week 5.

After the jump, we’ll open the polls and give you a chance to vote on four awards — Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Offensive Player, Most Valuable Defensive Player, and Most Valuable Special Teams Player. Remember, we’re picking the winners based on eight games; these will certainly change as the season progresses!

Most Valuable Player

Most Valuable Offensive Player

Most Valuable Defensive Player

Most Valuable Special Teams Player

That’s it! We’ll leave the polls open all night and all day tomorrow, then announce the winners in the coming days. Be on the lookout for a special grab-bag of awards as well, including the midseason’s best play, the best overall moment, and a few others.

Follow Vikings Territory on Twitter for periodic updates!

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Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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  1. gotta go with Zach Line here Austin

    Line’s weakly ambiguous performance has been a bell weather for the Vikings season.
    When the Vikings win, Zach’s contributions have been indistinct
    When the Vikings lose, Line’s inconspicuousness becomes even more undefined.

    Consistency is the key to ambivalence. Nobody exhibits this trait more than Zach Line.
    Never underestimate this man’s peripheral existence. Never!