The Vikings went 13-3 in 2017, a record that was good enough for Minnesota to Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey win the NFC North.
It was the second division title in the past three seasons under Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, and one analyst believes another could be on the way soon.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports took a peak ahead to the 2018 season and said that Zimmer’s Vikings look like the most complete team in the NFC North.
Brinson wrote that the backbone of Minnesota’s success is the Vikings defense, which ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed, points allowed and third-down percentage in 2017.
The Vikings defense is just going to be a top-five unit in the NFL again this year. I can’t find any real logic why they would magically fall off a cliff, not with all the talent at the three levels on this roster. They added
Brinson added that the Vikings also have plenty of skill players on offense, including a new quarterback in
On offense, if the offensive line is good and
Brinson pointed to a tough-three game road trip in 2017 that proved how tough the Vikings are, and why they could be the division’s top team again this upcoming season.
I keep thinking back to the stretch of games after their bye last year when they almost beat the Lions, Falcons and Panthers in back-to-back-to-back weeks … on the road. This is just a mentally tough team who manages to grind people out with its defense. Zimmer’s a great coach who doesn’t fully get the recognition he deserves. If Cousins spikes this offense, the Vikings are going to win a lot of games.
Hunting for talents like Hunter
When the Vikings nabbed Danielle Hunter in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, they were adding a defensive end who racked up just 4.5 total sacks in college.
But Minnesota saw something with Hunter’s athleticism and upside, and the move paid off as Hunter has 25.5 career sacks in three seasons in Purple.
Courtney Cronin of ESPN wrote earlier this week that the Vikings are hoping to use Hunter’s success story as a model for a handful of players taken in the 2018 draft.
At 6-foot-7, 297 pounds, second-round offensive tackle
Cronin added that while it remains to be seen what impact the trio can have going forward, the Vikings certainly know the formula for success is there.
The projections for how this group will pan out this season are all across the board. O’Neill’s length, build and footwork are undeniable, but everyone inside the Vikings organization — Spielman to O’Neill himself — has said that he has to get stronger to play right tackle. Meanwhile, Aruna’s explosive skill set could make him an early contributor.