Minnesota Vikings

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

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
B+
New QB in new system. Productive QB in the past. A lot more weapons to work with than previously. Plays with a chip and is ready to prove he was worth the money.
Running Backs
B+
Dalvin Cook is a rising star in this league who was setback from injury last season. Sees the game slow and has great explosiveness. High expectations for him. Ready to put the league on notice. Solid veteran backup as well in Latavius Murray. Both are physical runners.
Protection & Blocking
B
Average group. Does their job. Will improve from competing in practice against their own D-Line.
Receiving
B
Great route runners in Diggs and Thielen along with great hands. Rudolph is reliable target in the middle of the field and a solid red zone target. Look for Laquan Treadwell to finally start to come together and contribute. Very physical receiver.
Skills
Speed
B
Production
B
Big Play Ability
B+
Consistency
B
Red Zone Success
B
Skills Analysis Notes
Professional players at every position. May take some time for QB to build chemistry with the rest of the guys. Balanced offensive attack. Kirk Cousins will likely be more aggressive on the attack.

Defense
Position
Defensive Line
A
Grown men status. Enormous sized Defensive ends with athleticism. High motor guys. Very strong against both the pass and run.
Linebackers
A
More high motor guys. Closing time to ball carriers is incredible. Great instinctual guys. Understands how to disguise their looks. Good timing blitzers.
Defensive Backs
A
Exceptional man-to-man guys. Rhodes has ability to shutdown an entire side of the field. Harrison Smith is an outstanding play maker that has the freedom to be a rover. These guys attack the ball in the air and make it difficult for players to gain any yards after catch.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
A
Stopping the Run
A
Controlling Field Position
A
Stopping The Big Play
A-
Causing Turnovers
A-
Skills Analysis Notes
Extremely difficult to score on. Athleticism all across the board. Disruptive at all levels. Great instinctual players. Have a bunch of guys that hunt the ball. Will be a top 3 scoring defense.

Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
B-
Punting
B+
Kickoff/Punt Returning
B+
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
A-
Coaching
Effectiveness
A-
Preparedness
A-
Decision Making
B
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Defensive minded HC with a tendency to be conservative on offense and rather let the defense make the winning plays. With a more capable QB that notion needs to change. Will have many opportunities to create a large gap in scoring margins.

Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
A-
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Met My Expections
Expected Wins
11
Expected Losses
5
Expectations/ Outlook
Can be just as dominant as last season but are facing a much tougher schedule. Still likely win the division but only by a hair. The defense is too much of a force and with an upgrade at QB, Vikings can go deep into the playoffs again.