2020 Minnesota Vikings Review

The 2020 season for the Minnesota Vikings was one of disappointment as they finished with a record of just 7-9. The expectations were high for Minnesota, but the defense really let the team down a season ago.

Minnesota allowed 475 total points in 2020, the third-highest total in team history. The offense was explosive, but that unit was not able to overcome the poor play by the defense.

2021 Vikings Offseason Additions

The biggest additions for the Vikings in 2021 come on the defensive side of the ball, and that was a huge need. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and cornerback Patrick Peterson are the two biggest additions for the Vikings in 2021 and should help the defense improve.

2021 Vikings Offseason Departures

The biggest loss for the Vikings this offseason was seeing tight end Kyle Rudolph sign with the New York Giants. Rudolph has been the face of this franchise, and that will take away one of the top targets for Kirk Cousins.

Three Key Factors to a Winning Season

Getting Stops on Defense

The defense was an absolute disaster in 2020, and that unit has to play much better in 2021 if the Vikings are going to turn things around. Minnesota has brought in some real talent on that side of the ball, but now it’s time for them to perform. 

Consistency From Cousins

Kirk Cousins continues to put up big numbers for the Vikings, but most of that production comes against bad teams. He has failed to show up in some of the biggest games, especially against the NFC North rivals.

Minnesota is not going to make the playoffs unless Cousins can deliver and lead this team on offense. 

Healthy Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook is one of the best running backs in the NFL, but keeping him healthy has been a challenge. He has seen plenty of touches since he came into the league, and Minnesota has to find a way to limit his workload to keep him on the field. 

Rating Their Schedule

The Minnesota Vikings will play each team from the AFC North and NFC West this season, along with playing six games against NFC North Division rivals. This will provide a tough challenge for Minnesota this season, but there are some winnable games.

The first real challenge of the season will come in Week 4 as the Vikings host the Cleveland Browns. The first six weeks will provide Minnesota a chance to build some wins, but that game won’t be easy.

The Vikings head to Baltimore in Week 9 for a matchup with the Ravens, and that will be another tough challenge. Minnesota will host the Packers in Week 11 and then visit Green Bay in Week 17, and those are always two of the biggest games of the year.

Expectations in 2021 

Minnesota spent plenty of money and resources to improve the defense this offseason, and it should lead to a much better 2021 season. The Vikings could be the top team in the NFC North Division, especially if Aaron Rodgers is no longer with the Green Bay Packers. 

Look for Minnesota to win at least 10 games in 2021, and they will find a way to reach the playoffs in the NFC. This team still doesn’t have enough talent to win the Super Bowl, but the Vikings can be a force in the NFC.

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