The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a 2020 season in which they finished with an under .500 record for the first time since 2014. They have the pieces in place to put together in bounce-back year, but are still being disrespected by checking in at No. 17 in NFL.com's preseason power rankings.
NFL Power Rankings
The Vikings are behind a number of other teams including a division rival in the Green Bay Packers. Coming in at No. 17 seems a bit low for a team that barely missed out on reaching the postseason in 2020. Head coach Mike Zimmer remains optimistic at practice that this is a team to watch out for.
Minnesota thrives off of its rushing attack on offense as the duo of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison rank as one of the best backfields in the NFL. In fact, the Vikings rushed for 142.7 yards per game last season (No. 5 in NFL) and averaged an impressive 4.9 yards per carry (No. 4 in NFL).
On the other side of the ball, the lack of big plays from the secondary was addressed in the offseason with the signing of cornerback Patrick Peterson in free agency. The veteran ballhawk should provide a boost on defense after racking up 61 tackles, 8 pass breakups and 3 interceptions in 2020.
This team's success will likely come down to the play of quarterback Kirk Cousins. If he can consistently drive the ball down the field, the Vikings could give the Packers a run for their money in the NFC North division.
For now, Minnesota has odds set at +250 to take home the divisional title and odds set at +4000 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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