2020 Team Analysis and Schedule
The Minnesota Vikings are entering their 60th season in the NFL in 2020, but they are still looking for their first-ever Super Bowl championship. Minnesota has had plenty of success throughout its team history but has never been able to win on the game’s biggest stage. Preseason odds to win Super Bowl LV have the Vikings at +2200 in the BetUS sportsbook.
The Vikings have been a terrific team over the last decade, and there is plenty of optimism heading into the 2020 season. Minnesota won a playoff game a season ago, and they are one of the favorites to win the NFC this year.
The Vikings have a difficult 2020 schedule that will see them play in primetime a handful of times. Minnesota has a loaded roster that will be looking to improve on last year’s result.
Minnesota Vikings 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Green Bay Packers|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||at Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Tennessee Titans|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||at Houston Texans|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||at Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Bye week|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||at Green Bay Packers|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Detroit Lions|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||at Chicago Bears|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Carolina Panthers|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears|
|Week 16||Dec. 25||at New Orleans Saints|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||at Detroit Lions|
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Last Year’s History
Despite losing their final two games of the 2019 regular season, the Vikings were able to sneak into the NFC playoff field with a record of 10-6. Minnesota won eight of their first 11 games and was able to rest some of their regular players in the last week of the season.
Despite losing just six games in 2019, four of those losses came against NFC North rivals. The only two divisional wins that the Vikings were able to generate came against the last-place Detroit Lions.
Minnesota earned the sixth seed in the NFC Playoffs, which gave them a first-round game against the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings were able to come away with a thrilling 26-20 overtime victory in that game.
The Vikings saw their season come to an end a week later at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota suffered a 27-10 loss to the eventual NFC champions.
Minnesota Vikings Key Players
Quarterback Kirk Cousins (+5000 in preseason odds to win the 2020 NFL MVP award) is entering his third season with the Minnesota Vikings after a solid career with the Washington Football Team. Cousins has put up some huge numbers in Minnesota and led them to a playoff victory a season ago.
Last season, Cousins threw for over 3,600 yards with 26 touchdowns to just six interceptions. In 2018, Cousins threw for more than 4,000 yards, which was the fourth consecutive year of reaching that plateau.
The Vikings are expecting another big season out of Cousins in what should be a great year for the offense.
Dalvin Cook is entering his fourth season with the Minnesota Vikings, and he is a huge piece on offense. Staying healthy has been a problem for Cook at times, but he had a monster year in 2019.
Cook ran for 1,135 yards a season ago, racking up 250 carries. If Cook is able to stay on the field again this season, the Vikings will have a terrific running attack.
The former Florida State Seminole has averaged 4.6 yards per carry since joining the NFL, finding the end zone 17 times on the ground. Look for Cook to get plenty of touches in the red zone this season.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter is entering his sixth season in the NFL, and all of those years have been with the Minnesota Vikings. Hunter has established himself as one of the top players at his position and is the leader of a stout Vikings defense.
The former LSU product has racked up 14.5 sacks over each of the past two seasons and has 54.5 sacks for his career. Hunter is a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks and sets the tone for the Vikings defense.
Expect Hunter to have another monster season in Minnesota as long as he is able to stay healthy.
Minnesota Vikings New Additions
DT Michael Pierce joins the Vikings after a solid career with the Baltimore Ravens, and he will have a huge effect in terms of stopping the run. DeMarqus Gates was also brought in at the linebacker position to add some depth to that position.
WR Tajae Sharp was signed from the Tennessee Titans in an effort to add some more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Minnesota was also able to re-sign its kicker (Dan Bailey) and punter (Britton Colquitt), which will add some consistency.
The biggest move that the Vikings made in the 2020 NFL Draft was selecting WR Justin Jefferson. Jefferson had a monster season with LSU and could make an immediate impact in Minnesota.
Minnesota Vikings Key Subtractions
Minnesota is still considered to be one of the top teams in the NFC entering 2020, but it will be forced to replace several key players. The biggest loss facing the Vikings is at the wide receiver position.
The Vikings traded Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills after it became clear that the wide receiver was not happy in Minnesota. Diggs was extremely productive with the Vikings, and his talent will be hard to replace.
Minnesota will also be looking to replace three starters on the defensive side of the ball. DT Linval Joseph, CB Trae Waynes, and DE Everson Griffen have all moved on, leaving three huge holes on the depth chart.
If the Minnesota Vikings are going to win the NFC North Division, they will need to improve on their 2-4 record against division foes from a season ago. The NFC North is expected to be extremely tough in 2020, and the Vikings can’t afford to lose four games to divisional opponents.
The Green Bay Packers are the reigning NFC North champions, going 13-3 in 2019. The preseason odds to win the NFC North division have the Vikings and the Packers tied at +160. The Chicago Bears won the division in 2018, and they are expected to be much improved in 2020.
Detroit is the clear bottom-feeder in the NFC North, but they have the talent to win some games. Minnesota should factor into the division title race, but it will likely take more than 10 wins to be crowned champions. The preseason NFC North division final standings odds have Minnesota listed at +150 favorites to place first in the division.
Minnesota Vikings Defense
Minnesota allowed just 18.9 points per game a season ago, which ranked sixth in the NFL. The Vikings were right around the league average in terms of total yards allowed, but they got much better when teams entered the red zone.
The Vikings had 31 takeaways during the 2019 regular season, which was the fourth-most in the NFL. It’s hard to duplicate those numbers from year to year, but the Vikings have one of the best defensive units in the NFL.
Minnesota will be looking to improve their pass defense, but the presence of Danielle Hunter and other talented defensive linemen make things difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
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