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VT Question of the Week: Predict the Minnesota Vikings 2015 Record

Arif: 9-7
The Vikings were 7-9 last year, and I think they played like a 6-10 team—the bad luck happened about as often as the good luck. I think Teddy improves significantly, and it looks like Adrian Peterson is playing, so that should bring the offense up to at least league average even with the OL problems. On defense there are still a lot of moving parts, with a rookie corner, some questions at LB and safety and no clear answer at LDE. That said, it can be a top-10 defense even with those questions. Normally that would be a good case for 10-6, but I think that it is not only really difficult to improve a team more than three wins in a season but also that the Vikings have one of the most difficult schedules in the country.

Carl: 10-6
The Week One matchup against the 49ers on the road will be a huge tone setter for the Vikings. I think the 49ers are beatable, and the Vikings will also pick up a win in week two against the Lions. The Vikings have some tough games early, and the week three, four and six contests could very well dig the Vikings in a hole with games against the Chargers, at Broncos and Chiefs. The Vikings should win one of those three games. After weathering a 3-2 start, the Vikings will win the next four against at Lions, at Bears, Rams and at Raiders. The Vikings then start a three-game skid with the Packers, at Falcons, and Seahawks. The Vikings will be 7-5 heading into the final four games, winning three vs at Cardinals, Bears, Giants and finishing the season with a loss to the Packers.

Adam: 10-6
I am optimistic, but I’m also a little gun shy after predicting 12 wins last year. I think this team is on the verge of big things, I really do, but that is a tough schedule and this team always seems to have something come up that derails them. I’m placing all of my trust in Zimmer, and think he can keep this train on the tracks, but I’m going say a final record of 10-6 is an optimistic outlook that I’m willing to live with.

Austin: 9-7
The Vikings finished 7-9 last season; no small accomplishment for a team with a new head coach and a rookie quarterback. While surprising, the organization expects improvement this season, and with that, a chance to contend for the playoffs. Will a 9-7 record be enough to make a push for the Wild Card in January? In the NFC, they’ll need to do better than that, but it may be the start of a long run of success in Minnesota.

The team kicks off the season with a difficult stretch of games – San Francisco, San Diego, Detroit, Denver, and then a too-early Week 5 bye. I predict (optimistically) that they’ll come out of that stretch 3-1, making a 9-7 record down the line a much easier proposition. The trouble begins late in the season, when the Vikings host the Seahawks at home and turn around four days later to play at Arizona on Thursday night.

Overall, the schedule isn’t an extremely difficult one. As they do every year, the Vikings will play the Packers, Bears, and Lions twice each, and I can’t convince myself that they’ll go 6-0 in that stretch. While they’ll improve on an abysmal divisional record from 2014, the Packers and Lions will still present their challenges.

9-7… an improvement, but the Vikings will be watching the playoffs from home this year.

Andy: 10-6
The 2015 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings will go 10-6.

The defense will be a top-5 unit in the 2nd year under Zimmer (11th in scoring last year, up from 32nd in 2013). Teddy will NOT have a sophomore slump and will have a continuation of the final 6 games of the season – where he was Pro Football Focus’ #1 rated quarterback – in his 2nd season with Norv Turner. Adrian will contribute (hopefully), if he’s not still “uneasy” about being the highest paid running back in the NFL this season (on top of being paid for last year). Incidentally, the biggest off-season editions will be a healthy offensive line. Adding young depth there in the draft will allow Teddy to do more than just 3-step drops. He’ll develop a further rapport with Charles Johnson (first full off-season) and a healthy Kyle Rudolph.

There’s a reason for legit, non-purple kool-aid for the 2015 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings.

Brent: 10-6
Going 10-6 would be a tremendous improvement for the Vikings. It is argued the Vikings have he most difficult schedule in the entire league. Knowing that, 10-6 might be a stretch for a Vikings team that might have major holes on the offensive line or at linebacker. I think the Vikings show improvement in Zimmer’s second year; here’s hoping it’s enough to push them into the post season. To read my full season predictions, click here.

 

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16 Comments

  1. It seems like every year the preseason strength of schedule turns out to surprise in the regular season. Maybe the FO one is better. I don’t know. Last year I said 10-11 wins and think I would’ve been right had AD played with them losing the last five losses by a total margin of 16 pts. I’ll predict 11 wins and hope we get lucky with injuries and suspensions.

  2. Agreed^ Had AP been in all the games, they would have won at least 2 more games. They went 9-7 without him.. This year should be a good one. GO VIKES!!

  3. Lot of optimism here, I’ve never trusted the pre season strength of schedule since so many things change during the course of a season. I feel like every fan base thinks there team is going to improve, so 8 or 9 wins for the Vikes is the ceiling this year IMO. Wouldn’t be surpised if we go 7-9 again, even if we do take a step forward overall.

    1. I have full confidence in the Vikings beating the chargers and slapping the Chefs pretty hard. It does sound like AP will be playing for the Vikes ,and he is a huge game changer. He forces defenses to stack the box and with the addition of 2 really talented receiver’s, and the others that are in place, the Vikings are good enough to play with anyone.. I may be a little to hopeful, but I’m thinking a 10 win season is possible.. The schedule looks really tough, I will agree.

  4. Arif said 6-10 team.. does he mean they were a 6-10 team who managed to go 7-9?

    Also “he Vikings have some tough games early and the week three, four and five contests could very well dig the Vikings in a hole with games against the Chargers, at Broncos and Chiefs.”

    Um yeah that week 5 Bye week is sure going to be a tough one..

    does anyone proof read this stuff?

  5. I say the sky is the limit with AP back through line healthy and a deep threat not to mention an improved defense there’s no team we can’t beat. I think the toughest two games are at green bay and at Arizona and even those are winable skoll Vikings drink from the skull cap of Rogers

  6. I say 10-6 only because I feel like this season is 2012 2.0 my reasoning are the same questions we’re asking about now we’re asking then, example. ..1) will Peterson be the same? 2) will our rookie quarterback progress after getting a year of a pro offensive scheme? 3) is kalil the answer at LT?

  7. If AD returns as himself on the field, December Teddy is the real Teddy, Wallace “takes the tops off defenses”, Patterson returns angry and refined, Rudolph stays healthy, and the offensive line plays even above average then we’re talking high powered offense. A lot of ifs but I think that might actually be the kind of offense we have.

    If Trae Waynes can just be an upgrade his rookie season, we have Harrison’s “Robin” on the roster, Kendricks flashes as well as reigning in Barr and becoming elite nickel LB squad, and the defensive line improves on it’s improvement then we’re talking top 5 defense.

    Vikings could go 12-4 if all these scenarios played out. More likely is only some of these scenarios working out and the Vikings go 9-7.

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