Don’t Sleep on the Minnesota Vikings

There are a few really good NFC teams everyone is talking about leading up to the playoffs. The Vikings are a team that really should not be getting slept on as much as they have this season. Kirk Cousins is lowkey playing some of the best football of his career. Averaging 8 yards a pass on 24 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. Kirk has been throwing all over defenses this season. Even with Adam Thielen out with his hamstring injury Cousins is still putting up great numbers consistently, even rookie wideout Olabisi Johnson has been making plays further helping out on Minnesota’s offense.  

The running game is also a huge part of Minnesota’s success this year. Their o-line has been upgraded immensely, helping Dalvin Cook have a breakout season while being looked at as a top MVP candidate. Cook who has ran the ball 241 times this year has over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns all on the ground, also averaging 4 and a half yards a carry. Easily Cook is a top 2 running back in the league right now, the only oher back competing with Dalvin is Christian McCaffery running back for the Carolina Panthers. 

The Viking’s defense isn’t as high powered as what it used to be years prior. Most of the stars on defense are aging, but still good nonetheless. The men on the Viking’s defense get the job done. Despite a few players being on the wrong side of 30, they still have some great young players. Erick Kendricks is one of the most underrated linebackers in the game today. He does a lot of things very well in the run game and passing game being able to cover backs and tight ends if need be. Along with Anthony Barr, they have two of the best linebackers you could ask for and they don’t get enough credit. The secondary is not as shutdown as it once was. Xavier Rhodes has taken a step back from his breakout season of locking down the leagues best receivers.

Rhodes is still a very gifted corner with his long arms and tall frame. Also in the secondary is arguably one of the best safeties we have seen this generation with Harrison Smith. The vocal point for defense is the defensive line. Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen are two of the best edge rushers we have in the league. Griffen is a bit older but Hunter is very young and has a lot more longevity. Together they wreck havoc on opposing quarterbacks. 

We shouldn’t be shocked if Minnesota makes a huge push in the playoffs, but with the lack of attention on the Vikings, it’s likely people will be shocked. Odds are they knock the Packers or Cowboys out of the playoffs. Vikings are a better team then both, I guarantee it. 

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