Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Minnesota Vikings:
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Owner- Zygi Wilf
General Manager- Rick Spielman
Stadium- U.S. Bank Stadium
Surface- UBU Speed Series S5-M