After our divisional season review podcasts, we are now looking to the future and asking where each franchise goes from here. We put ourselves in the chair of being GM or the owner and going over what moves we would make in order to win a Superbowl, make the playoffs or just regain some pride…
Today we take a look at the Minnesota Vikings.
Don’t forget to check out the NFC North podcast where we talked to Paul Berryman who plays for the Dunfermline Kings and asked for his thoughts.
How Did Last Season Go?
Comparing to most recent previous seasons, this season was nothing short of a disaster.
After getting to the Championship game in the 2017 season and “upgrading” at the QB position, the Vikings fell well short of expectations which would’ve been to appear in the Super Bowl. Dalvin Cook could not stay healthy again and there were more holes in the o line than a extra large cheese grater. There were more than eyebrows raised when Buffalo came in to town in week 3 and annihilated them in the first half.
Firing their OC John DeFillippo midway through the season, which showed how happy they were with the way the team were playing on offence.
That said, apart from that, not really any surprising results in the season, with all their other losses coming to teams who made the playoffs so it’s fair to say the winners’s schedule could be as much to blame as any other excuses.
Bottom line is that there was no January football for Minnesota thus, a failure of a season.
Minnesota pick at 18, 50 and 81 within the top 100 and are 2nd worst in terms of cap space available at the time of writing.
Anthony Barr, Sheldon Richardson and Latavius Murray are the most notable names on the Free Agency market. Oh, and Trevor Siemian. Silly me.
Due to the lack of cap space, I’m not sure we’ll be troubled too much by the Entrance door apart from the draft. Depth on the offensive line is an obvious need as well as a bit or two on defence to cover the departures. They will need to replace Latavius Murray due to Cook’s unreliability in terms of staying on the field too.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see Minnesota take a Tight End in the draft considering the talent in the 2019 class.
Outlook for Next Year
Looking at the landscape of the division, the outlook is a murky one.
The schedule will ease up slightly but have a difficult away schedule including visits to Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City and Seattle to add on top to their divisional away trips to Lambeau and Soldier Field. As always, a lot will come down to the divisional games, where the Vikings went 3-2-1 last season.
I’m not sure how much more Cousins can improve from last season after passing for over 4000 yards, 30 TDs and 10INT.
They will need to be more effective on the ground behind an improved Offensive line and have a healthy Dalvin Cook to play January football next season. That said, I’m not convinced Green Bay are totally right at the moment so the chances are there for 2 teams to come from the North for the playoffs next season. Minnesota Vikings to be one of those teams. If they can sort out their line issues, they could quite easily take the division title back.
Kirk Cousins – later round QB, low QB 1/QB2
Dalvin Cook – 2nd Round , mid/low RB1
Adam Thielen – 3rd Round, WR2/ WR1 upside
Stefon Diggs – 3rd Round, WR2 / WR1 upside
Kyle Rudolph – just no.