Every year in the NFL, teams that missed out on the playoffs turn it around, and teams that seem like world beaters end up flaming out.
This year, the consensus opinion is that the Vikings follow up last year’s Minnesota Miracle of a season with another deep playoff run. On paper, they’ve upgraded from Case Keenum to Kirk Cousins at QB, and return a loaded roster that went 13-3 last season. Even though he knows he’ll get a pile of hate mail from Skol nation, Colin thinks they’re headed for a significant step back.
He likes Minnesota’s roster, but pointed out that just about everything that could go right for them last season, did. They took advantage of an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers twice last year in division, were largely unscathed by the injury bug on defense, and benefited from the luckiest play in NFL history to win a game they lose 99 times out of 100 to get to the NFC Championship.
This year Rodgers is back, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is in New York, and the NFL law of averages on injuries always regresses back to the mean. Although Cousins is an upgrade over Keenum at quarterback, he’s still picking up a new offensive system which could involve a steeper learning curve than most are anticipating. Colin predicts they’ll be closer to .500 than 13-3.
Listen to Colin explain why he’s going the other way on the Vikings, even if you don’t like it.