Courtesy new head coach Kevin O’Connell, his commitment to culture change, and his dedication to ‘situational mastery,’ the Minnesota Vikings posted an unexpected 13-4 record last year.
The problem, however, is that no one really cared – especially the national experts – because Minnesota lost to the New York Giants in the first round of the playoffs.
National Site Claims Vikings Would Stink Enough
Proof? Last year at this time on the calendar, the Vikings were projected to win 8.5 games, and that’s the accurate forecast from sportsbooks. This Year. Wash, wash, repeat.
But Bleacher Report The lack of enthusiasm at Vikings was taken to a whole new level this week when it recommended betting 2023 win-loss over-under of each team. The popular sports website claimed that Minnesota would not win more than eight games and that the Lions were the best team in the NFC North.,
brBrad Gagnon predicted the Vikings to finish under the 8.5-win mark with eight wins and was heavily critical of the Purple Team, “The Vikings lost some key veterans this offseason and Kirk Cousins had his limits, then Even when the shelf was well stocked. This is a bottom six DVOA team that is likely to take a huge step back from a strange 13-win campaign.
On the Lions, he was markedly more optimistic, pounding the over (9.5 wins) and defending the opinion, “It was a top-10 DVOA team with a high ceiling in this division, but counting on Jared Goff right now.” Also a bit tough and the Lions in general. We know better, don’t we? I’ll give him a slight bump in 2022 with nine wins.
Detroit hasn’t won the NFC North or NFC Central in 30 years.
Gagnon predicted the Bears to win six games and the Packers to win eight games. Chicago hopes Justin Fields will take the ‘next step’ in 2023, and Green Bay will begin life without Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers at QB1 for the first time since 1991.
In Vikings, in fact, expensive, aging veterans were shelved via cap casualty, but fans have spent four months debating whether those moves were surrender flags indicating a blunt-force rebuild. Were – or wise cuts because Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, Eric Kendricks for example, they weren’t going to improve at this stage of their careers.
National NFL punditry has struggled to put its finger on the Vikings, wishing the franchise would either announce an all-in stakes for the Super Bowl or go ahead and die for a juicy draft pick next April.
Minnesota’s front office has indicated its willingness to ‘do both’ during its ‘competitive rebuild’ for 18 months. Means – struggle here and now while preparing for the future according to the salary range.
The Vikings have not won consecutive division titles since 2008–2009.
dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday raun sah And Sal Masala, His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. List of guilty pleasures: Peanut butter ice cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Bassett Hounds, and The Doors (band).