Vikings Being Disrespected by NFL Playoff Odds for 2020 After Nailing Their Draft

Jason Schandl
The Minnesota Vikings' playoff odds in 2020 are surprisingly poor after their great draft.
The Minnesota Vikings' playoff odds in 2020 are surprisingly poor after their great draft. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings entered the 2020 NFL Draft with a ton of picks, including two first-rounders, and plenty of holes to fill. They did a terrific job loading up on talent, and ESPN's Mel Kiper gave them an A-minus draft grade — tied for his second-best grade for any team.

Despite nailing the draft, the Vikings are still being projected as a coin-flip to make the playoffs, sporting -110 odds on both the "yes" and "no" on FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Vikings are coming off a 10-6 season that saw them comfortably take a Wild Card spot in the NFC. They weren't just a lucky team that had an easy schedule, either. Football Outsiders' DVOA metric had them as the seventh-best team in the NFL — an improvement from their ranking of 10th in 2018.

They've lost some key free agents due to salary cap limitations, so it could make sense to project a slight step back. However, this outstanding draft class should limit the impact of those departures, and the Vikings' division isn't getting any better. The Green Bay Packers failed to give Aaron Rodgers any help in the draft, which could even open the door for Minnesota to win the NFC North.

The Vikings are looking like legitimate contenders, and fans in Minnesota have to be feeling pretty disrespected by the implied 50-50 chance that their team misses the postseason in 2020.

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