2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: MINNESOTA VIKINGS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (NFC North)
2016 record: 8-8 (2-4 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: (R) RB Dalvin Cook, WR Michael Floyd, RB Latavius Murray, DE Datone Jones
KEY DEPARTURES: RB Adrian Peterson, OT Jake Long, LB Chad Greenway
2016 SEASON RECAP
Prior to the start of the 2016 season starting QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee cap and a torn ACL. The team was left with a huge void to fill. After a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, QB Sam Bradford was there to take over the ship. The team would start 5-0 but in game 2 of the season RB Adrian Peterson would go down with a right knee injury.
The team seemed to be ok without Peterson but after a sunday in Philadelphia all that changed. The Eagles beat the Vikings 21-10, the team would unravel from there. In their final 11 games the team went 3-8 and Bradford who looked so poised early in the Vikings season looked lost more often than not down the stretch.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
Adrian Peterson is now with the New Orleans Saints so life after AD must begin. The team signed RB Latavius Murray and drafted FSU standout Dalvin Cook to fill tje void left by Peterson. With coach Mike Zimmer recovering from eye surgeries it will be interesting to see how this team comes out in 2017. A full off-season in the system for QB Sam Bradford can only help his progression and knowledge of the playbook.
The Vikings for regular season game is against Peterson and the Saints so the bad blood will be on full display in week 1. They also have Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Green Bay in the first 6 weeks of the season so Zimmer’s stout defense will have its hands full the begin their 2017 campaign.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Sam Bradford, RB Latavius Murray, (R) RB Dalvin Cook, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Trae Waynes, LB Anthony Barr, WR Adam Thielen
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
8 – 8