Minnesota Vikings 2022 Futures & Predictions
Key Stat: Minnesota Vikings finished 2021 with an 8-9 record
- The Vikings finished 2nd in the NFC North behind Green Bay
- Minnesota has a new head coach in Kevin O’ Connell
- The Vikings fired their GM and head coach Mike Zimmer after last season
The Minnesota Vikings come into the 2022 season with a lot of change. After a disappointing 8-9 2021 season and missing the playoffs, the Vikings organization underwent an overhaul. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was fired, along with general manager Rick Spielman. In comes a new era of Kevin O’ Connell as the head coach and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as general manager. On the field the Vikings offense, which was one of the best in the NFC returns a lot of production. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is back, along with running back Dalvin Cook, and their 1-2 punch at wide receiver of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Minnesota has enough pro-bowl talent on offense to compete for the NFC north, now it’ll be whether they can gel with Kevin O’ Connells different offensive system.
Defensively is where Minnesota needs to see improvement. The Vikings defense ranked 30th in the league in 2021, and this was during a successful defensive tenure from Mike Zimmer. Minnesota can’t get worse on defense, so if they can move their defensive ranking from 30th to mid-teens ranking in the league, they will be right there to compete with Green Bay for the division. The over/under for the 2022 season is 8.5 games. Minnesota is always a team that doesn’t stay down for long, and with the NFC North having two teams in Chicago and Detroit that should struggle, we think the Vikings are a safe bet to win 9 or more games, so we are taking the over 8.5 games for 2022.
Key Stat: Minnesota ranked 11th in points per game
- The Vikings offense ranked 12th in yards per game as well
- Minnesota had 5 games of 400 or more yards
- Justin Jefferson might be NFLs best wide receiver
Minnesota finished 2021 with an 8-9 record. That season included having the worse defense they have put on the field in over a decade, and they still won 8 games. That tells us there is a lot of room for improvement and to up that win total. The Vikings defense should be much improved this season, and if they can get great improvement in 3rd down efficiency, as they were one of the worst teams in the league last year, that will help both the offense and defense. Oddsmakers are giving good odds if Minnesota makes the playoffs. With all the talent the Vikings have on their team, the new offensive system, and they are playing in the NFC which is a much easier path to the playoffs, we think they will either win the division outright or grab a wild-card spot. We are betting yes on the Vikings making the playoffs.