NFL FUTURE WIN TOTALS OVER/UNDER MINNESOTA VIKINGS

This past season was definitely a wild one for the Minnesota Vikings and their fans.  Before the season even started, the Vikings lost franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater to injury for the whole year and RB Adrian Peterson wasn’t too far behind missing 13 of 16 games. Despite all this the Vikings got off to a 5-0 start and looked primed for another year in the playoffs. Unfortunately, Minnesota went on to win just three of their last 11 games to end the season at 8-8 and just miss the playoffs. Definitely a disappointing way to end any season, but not much was expected with key players missing most if not all of the season.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 8.5 WINS OVER/UNDER: UNDER

Vegas oddsmakers have the Minnesota Vikings ending their season at under 8 wins and that’s where I see them as well. Next seasons Vikings are going to look a little different in the leadership department with long-time franchise RB Adrian Peterson taking his talents to New Orleans.  To me having a leadership presence in the locker room is one of the most important factors to have for a team to be successful. With Bridgewater set to miss time in the 2017 season as well, it is impossible to really know what you’ll get from him when he comes back, so the Vikings will be trotting out Sam Bradford for a second straight season. Will Bridgewater be the up and coming QB everyone was expecting in 2016 or a QB just coming off a dislocated knee and torn ACL that needs time to gain rhythm? If it’s the latter then it looks like Vikings fans may have another long season ahead of them.

The Vikings knew that one of the biggest areas that needed improvement from last year was their running game. With Peterson out for the year, the Vikings had no viable replacement and ended with the worst rushing attack in the NFL. In order to fix this Minnesota signed one of the top RB in free agency, Latavius Murray. Murray adds a power back that can complement Jerick McKinnon and rookie Dalvin Cook in the backfield very well. Murray’s 18 touchdowns and 4.4 yards per touch over the past two seasons will be a welcoming site for a team that has been struggling in both those areas.  The offensive line suffered some departures as well as Matt Kalil left for Carolina, so Minnesota signed OT Riley Reiff to protect the blind side.  With Reiff moving to his natural left tackle position the Vikings are expecting big thing from him.

The defense was one of the lone bright spots for the Vikings last season as they ranked in the top 6 in yards per game, points per game and yards per play.  All this was done with DT Sharrif Floyd missing all but one game on the year. With rumors of Floyd’s playing career being in jeopardy the Vikings entered the 2017 draft feeling like they needed to address the depth on the defensive line. By drafting Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson, Minnesota did exactly that. In 2016, Johnson finished First-Team All-Big Ten and is known by scouts as being better at stopping the run than rushing the passer. This is a perfect fit for the Vikings as that was the main weakness of their defense; ranked 20th in run defense.

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The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of obstacles to overcome this year.  Teddy Bridgewater is still out for at least the beginning of next season and Adrian Peterson will no longer be repping the purple and gold. I feel like the Vikings added some important pieces, but not enough to make noise in the NFL. I’m expecting a down year for Minnesota while they try to bring all their pieces together healthy. With the Packers only becoming stronger on the defensive side makes it even harder for the Vikings to try and win the NFC North.


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MINNESOTA VIKINGS SCHEDULE

Mon, Sep 11 vs Saints 7:10 PM
Sun, Sep 17 @ Steelers 1:00 PM
Sun, Sep 24 vs Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 1
vs
Lions
1:00 PM
Mon, Oct 9
@
Bears
8:30 PM
Sun, Oct 15
vs
Packers
1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 22
vs
Ravens
1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 29
vs
Browns
9:30 AM
Sun, Nov 12
@
Redskins
1:00 PM
Sun, Nov 19
vs
Rams
1:00 PM
Thu, Nov 23
@
Lions
12:30 PM
Sun, Dec 3
@
Falcons
1:00 PM
Sun, Dec 10
@
Panthers
1:00 PM
Sun, Dec 17
vs
Bengals
1:00 PM
Sat, Dec 23
@
Packers
8:30 PM
Sun, Dec 31
vs
Bears
1:00 PM

 

Vikings Under 8.5