foshman Rates the Minnesota Vikings





Minnesota Vikings

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Sports:
Football
League:
National Football League
Venue:
Location:
Eden Prairie, MN United States
Conference:
National Football Conference

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
B-
Cousins is simply a mid tier quarterback. Good but not great.
Running Backs
B
Cook has been effective when healthy over the last two seasons. He needs a full season or the Vikings need to move on.
Protection & Blocking
B-
This has been the Achilles heel of the team in recent years. Recent early draft picks will be expected to correct that.
Receiving
A+
One of the best units in the league.
Skills
Speed
A-
Production
A
Big Play Ability
A
Consistency
B+
Red Zone Success
A
Skills Analysis Notes
It's amazing how productive the Vikings have been without a great offensive line or consistent running game. If they can get improvement in both of those areas they should win the division.
Defense
Position
Defensive Line
B+
Great at end, solid at tackle.
Linebackers
A-
Resigning Barr was a huge boost to this teams fortunes.
Defensive Backs
A
Lots of depth and talent here.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
A-
Stopping the Run
B-
Controlling Field Position
B
Stopping The Big Play
B+
Causing Turnovers
B+
Skills Analysis Notes
This is a solid, if not spectacular defense. When they have a short field and a lead they are difficult to beat.
Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
B+
Punting
B
Kickoff/Punt Returning
B
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
B+
Overall Unit Analysis
Adding Dan Bailey was a nice touch.
Coaching
Effectiveness
B-
Preparedness
B-
Decision Making
B
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Zimmer and company need to do a more consistent job if the Vikings are gonna take the next step.
Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
B+
Analysis
This is a well balanced team that only has a few weaknesses.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Slightly Under-performed Expectations
Expected Wins
12
Expectations/ Outlook
I expect Minnesota to compete for the division title. I'm not sure I expect Cousins to be able to deliver when he needs to in order to help the team win it.