The Vikings were one win away from playing the Super Bowl at home after finishing the season 13-3. The team made a huge splash in free agency by winning the battle for quarterback Kirk Cousins who will now be the man under center. The Vikings expect Cousins to be the final piece to finally take them back to the Super Bowl. The running game should be solid with Dalvin Cook returning from a torn ACL and Latavius Murray coming off an 842 yard season. Tight end Kyle Rudolph and wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs will be the top targets for Cousins after they combined for 20 touchdown catches last season.
The defense will attempt to dominate once again as the Vikings were 1st in points allowed per game at 15.8 per game and 1st in yards allowed at 275.9 per game. An already stout defensive line gets a potential upgrade adding Sheldon Richardson who looks to revitalize his career. In the middle, Eric Kendricks was the team’s leading tackler who looks to have another monster year. The secondary might be the strongest part of the defense led by all-Pro defenders Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes.
Watching the Vikings
Vikings’ fans will have ample opportunities to see their team play in prime time with the Vikings playing in four nationally televised games. The Vikings will also be featured in two 4:25 EST kickoffs on FOX which will likely be shown in most parts of the country.
Kirk Cousins and company will be challenged out of the gate with contests against San Francisco, Green Bay, the L.A. Rams, and Philadelphia in the first five weeks of the season. Another pivotal stretch will be week 12-14 as a three game stretch features a pivotal division matchup at home against Green Bay and road contests against New England and Seattle. The Vikings return nearly every key piece from a 13-3 team and added the biggest free agent quarterback on the market. Vikings’ fans will expect nothing less than a Super Bowl appearance.
2018 Prediction: 12-4 &1st in NFC North
Rising star Stefon Diggs recently received a huge five year extension worth $81 million dollars. The deal shows how much confidence management has in the young wide out and they will surely expect a bigger year with Cousins slinging the ball around for the Vikings moving forward.