[2017 NFL Preview] Minnesota Vikings

Today’s NFL previews are presented to you (like always) with 100% no racism what so ever.

Because fuck Nazi’s.

Enough about that though…..let’s see how good/bad the Minnesota Vikings are expected to be this year.

LEZZZZZZZZZZZ DOOOOOOOOOOOO DISSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

2017 NFL Preview

 

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 10-6 (2012), 5-10-1 (2013), 7-9 (2014), 11-5 (2015), 8-8 (2016)

Last Playoff Win: 2009 Divisional vs. Dallas

Last Playoff Appearance: 2015 Wild Card vs. Seattle

Super Bowl Wins: None

Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl XI vs. Oakland

 

The Head Coach:

Mike Zimmer

Coaching Record: 26-22

Playoff Record: 0-1

Grade: C+

 

2016-17 Team Leaders:

Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Sam Bradford (3,877), Sam Bradford (20)

Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: Jerick McKinnon (539), Matt Asiata (6)

Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Adam Thielen (967), Kyle Rudolph (7)

Tackles: Eric Kendricks (109)

Interceptions: Xavier Rhodes (5)

 

2017 Projected Starters:

Grade Key:

  • ELITE
  • GREAT
  • GOOD
  • NOT GOOD
  • ROOKIE
  • HORRIBLE

Offense:

QB: Sam Bradford

RB: Dalvin Cook

FB: C.J. Ham

WR: Stefon Diggs

WR: Adam Thielen

TE: Kyle Rudolph

LT: Riley Reiff

RT: Mike Remmers

RG: Joe Berger

LG: Alex Boone

OC: Pat Elflein

Defense:

DE: Everson Griffen

DE: Danielle Hunter

DT: Linval Joseph

DT: Tom Johnson

LB: Eric Kendricks

LB: Edmond Robinson

LB: Anthony Barr

CB: Xavier Rhodes

CB: Trae Waynes

FS: Harrison Smith

SS: Andrew Sendejo

 

The Schedule:

vs. New Orleans Saints (September 11)

vs. @ Pittsburgh Steelers (September 17)

vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (September 24)

vs. Detroit Lions (October 1)

vs. @ Chicago Bears (October 9)

vs. Green Bay Packers (October 15)

vs. Baltimore Ravens (October 22)

vs. @ Cleveland Browns (October 29)

BYE WEEK

vs. @ Washington Redskins (November 12)

vs. Los Angeles Rams (November 19)

vs. @ Detroit Lions (November 23)

vs. @ Atlanta Falcons (December 3)

vs. @ Carolina Panthers (December 10)

vs. Cincinnati Bengals (December 17)

vs. @ Green Bay Packers (December 23)

vs. Chicago Bears (December 31)

 

Three Things I Like About The Vikings This Season:

-The Defense: Outside of a few weak spots at linebacker (what the hell happened to Anthony Barr last season?) and corner (Trae Waynes was bad last year, but there’s still plenty of time for him to improve), the Vikings are pretty damn solid on defense. I absolutely love Harrison Smith and the Vikings defensive line. Xavier Rhodes is also a good player and if Barr can get his game back to where it was, the Vikings defense should be one of the NFL’s best again. Anyway you break it down, the defense is definitely the strength of the team.

-Dalvin Cook: Minnesota was not good at running the ball last year. Their leading rusher was Jerick McKinnon and he finished the season with a measly 539 yards. That’s just not going to cut the mustard in the NFL. Enter Dalvin Cook. Everyone knows that I love me some rookie running backs. If there’s one position where a guy can come into the NFL and instantly tear the league up, it’s the running back position. Dalvin Cook should have been a first-round draft pick and the Vikings got him with a steal in the second-round. Minnesota fans will learn to love this guy very quickly.

-Bye Bye Adrian Peterson: It’s the end of a legacy in Minnesota, but it’s the right time. Adrian Peterson is an over-the-hill running back who is done as far as being an effective NFL player is concerned.. Just look at how many teams JUMPED at the chance to sign him as a free agent this past season. As long as he was on the Vikings roster, he was likely going to be a distraction. Dalvin Cook needs to be the focus now so letting Peterson walk for good was the right move by Minnesota.

 

Three Things I Hate About The Vikings This Season:

-Very Average Offense: Where are the elite players on Minnesota’s offense? I’ll tell you where. On 31 other NFL teams. Sure, Minnesota should be a middle-of-the-road offense this year in the NFL, but they have no real game-changers anywhere on the offense. Sam Bradford is a decent QB, but you’re only going to go so far with him. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are good WR’s, but one of them has to take the next step into becoming a true NFL #1 receiver. Minnesota has a good offensive line though, which is likely the strength of their offense. Unless of course Dalvin Cook can blossom into an elite NFL running back, which Minnesota EXTREMELY needs again.

-The Teddy Bridgewater Injury: Does this really need an explanation? Anyone that follows my NFL coverage knows that I was pretty high on Teddy Bridgewater coming out of college. He was having a pretty decent little NFL career until a non-contact injury to his knee during practice knocked him out for all of last season. The injury was so bad, that he’s also likely to miss this season as well. If that wasn’t enough already, the Vikings declined the option on his contract making him a free agent after this season. What does that mean? That likely means that they’re pretty sure that Teddy Bridgewater is done as far as being a capable NFL QB is considered. If not, they would have picked up that option in a heart beat. No one lets a good young QB just walk out the door.

-Sam Bradford: Which version of Sam Bradford will the Vikings get this season? The good one? The bad one? I don’t think it really matters that much in the long run. In the NFL, you’re only as good as your QB. As long as Bradford is in Minnesota, the Vikings will be floating in the “average” category.

 

The Prediction:

7-9

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