Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Minnesota Vikings:

Minnesota Vikings

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach– Mike Zimmer
  • Offensive Coordinator– John DeFilippo
  • Defensive Coordinator– George Edwards
  • Special Teams– Mike Preifer

ODDS TO WIN:

  • NFC Championship- 7/1
  • Super Bowl- 12/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 10

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 7
  • 2015- 11
  • 2016- 8
  • 2017- 14

Offense

Quarterbacks:

Kirk Cousins is their man. He has thrown for 4000 yards and 25 touchdowns for the past three seasons. That is all fine and dandy but in that same time period, he was 26-30-1. the backup will be Trever Siemian wh struggled previously at Denver.

Running Backs:

Dalvin Cook is the primary running back and he will return after a decent season that ended in an ACL injury. Latavius Murray will be given reps this season as he filled in in a decent manner in Cook’s absence. Mack Brown and recently drafted Mike Boone will be fighting for the next spot.

Receivers:

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are a pair of quick and athletic receivers that may benefit from Cousins at QB. Kendall Wright comes in as the third target while tight end Kyle Rudolph is expected to put up good numbers this season.

Offensive Linemen:

This wasn’t a very good unit last year but better than the previous season. Center Pat Elflein and Riley Reiff are solid this year and free agents Tom Compton and Josh Anderson will be involved in the mix for this year.

DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen:

This has been a very good and consistent unit as Sheldon Richardson is the key and leader of this unit. He was given a one year contract to see what he can do for the Vikings. Everson Griffen is a fantastic pass rusher and left end Danielle Hunter and a sack machine.

Linebackers:

A couple of former UCLA teammates are together in Minnesota as Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr work in tandem to get the job done. Ben Gedeon will continue to man the weak side. Help is needed for this unit.

Secondary:

With the 30th overall pick in the NFL draft, the Vikings took UCF’s Mike Hughes as their cornerback of the future. Terence Newman was signed and two other corners are Trae Waynes and All-Pro Xavier Rhodes. Another All-Pro player is safety Harrison Smith that loves third down plays.

Special Teams:

In the fifth round of the draft, the Vikings spent some money and took Daniel Carlson from Auburn as their kicker of the future. Ryan Quigley will be the punter despite finishing last in the NFL in 2017. Marcus Sherels is the punt returner and but Mike Hughes will get the job. Long snapper Kevin McDermott is coming back from a shoulder injury.

Schedule

Preseason Schedule:

August 11-  Broncos   AWAY  9 PM

August 18-  Jaguars   HOME  NOON

August 24-  Seahawks  HOME  7 PM

August 30- Titans    AWAY   7 PM

Regular Season Schedule:

(all games Central time)

September 9-  49’ers   HOME   NOON

September 16- Packers   AWAY   NOON

September 23-  Bills   HOME   NOON

September 27 – LA Rams  AWAY  7:20 PM

October 7-  Eagles    AWAY    3:25 PM

October 14-  Cardinals   HOME   NOON

October 21-  NY Jets   AWAY   NOON

October 28-  Saints   HOME   7:0 PM

November 4-  Lions   HOME   NOON

November 11-   BYE WEEK

November 18-  Bears    AWAY   NOON

November 25-  Packers   HOME   7:20 PM

December 2-   Patriots   AWAY   3:25 PM

December 10-   Seahawks   AWAY   7:15 PM

December 16-  Dolphins   HOME   NOON

December 23-  Lions    AWAY   NOON

December 30-  Bears    HOME   NOON

Other Information

Owner- Zygi Wilf

General Manager- Rick Spielman

Phone- 952-828-6500

Website-www.vikings.com

Stadium- U.S. Bank Stadium

Capacity- 68,860

Surface- UBU Speed Series S5-M