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VT Question of the Week: Who Will be the Vikings’ Toughest 2015 Opponent in the NFC North?

Arif: Minnesota Vikings

Adam: Minnesota Vikings
Themselves. Looking at this roster pre-Draft, I see a team that has every bit as much talent and upside as anybody in the NFC North, including the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, that has been the case in the past and it was the Vikings beating themselves that ultimately did them in. Finding ways to avoid the police blotter, the injury report, the weekly “C’mon Man!” segment, and the pages of TMZ will be paramount to their success in 2015. If they can play disciplined football, refrain from making stupid penalties and committing gaffs in the clock management area, then I think this Vikings team has no limits. Unfortunately, the organization’s history has me in a constant state of fear as to just how everything will unravel this time.

Darren: Green Bay Packers
No surprises here. It’s the Packers. Chicago will continue to bob up and down with Jay Cutler and is overhauling the defense. If Matthew Stafford was going to take another step for Detroit, it should have happened by now. The loss of their best defensive player, Ndamukong Suh, is a blow as well. Meanwhile, the Packers smartly retained Randall Cobb and still have the league’s best QB. I’m afraid any team must go through Green Bay to win the division until Mr. Rodgers hangs ’em up.

Andy: Detroit Lions
The default answer would be the Packers, but there’s no denying that Jim Caldwell was the right man for the Lions job. Megatron’s getting older and Stafford is still a wild card, but that defense is legit — 3rd last year in scoring, 2nd in yards allowed. Even though they smartly (for the price) let Suh walk, Ngata ain’t a neophyte. Also the fact that Levy, Tulloch, and Van Noy could be the best linebacking crew in the NFL (if healthy) adds to the problem. Plus having Teryl Austin remain as defensive coordinator for one more year is a huge win for them as well. Unfortunately, I don’t think their 11-5 campaign last season was a fluke. They’ll be a tough out in 2015.

Brent: Green Bay Packers
The obvious choice. The reigning NFC North Champions will again prove to be a formidable opponent in 2015. Led by NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, the Packers will need to improve their defense in order to stay a top the division, especially if the Vikings retain Adrian Peterson. When it comes to offense, the Packers will remain as one of the most potent teams in the entire NFL, let alone the NFC North. The Packers will be able to score against anyone, and I wouldn’t doubt if they find yet another break out wide receiver to help add to the passing game. On top of that, the continued emergence of Eddie Lacy makes the Packers offense well rounded and dangerous. The Vikings will give the Packers a run for the money in 2015, but it will be difficult to ultimately dethrone Green Bay.

Carl: Minnesota Vikings
The obvious choice is the Green Bay Packers, right?. Well, I guess because I color outside the lines, I would add that the Vikings’ toughest opponent just might be themselves. That’s right, the Vikings are a young football team with the talent to compete with any team in the NFC North, if they buy into just how good they can be. If they recognize and believe they have what it takes to win a championship, I’m convinced they will be more determined to commit to the extra work and preparation needed that separates the great teams from the good ones. Eliminating youthful mistakes, executing assignments with precision and with the air of confidence that only come from winning, could be the only thing holding this team back.

Austin: Green Bay Packers
The NFC North was once considered the league’s best division, but that power is slowly shifting west. The Seahawks, Cardinals, and 49ers have emerged as the class of the NFC West, while teams like the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions appear set for disappointment in 2015. It’s almost unfair to crown anyone but the Packers as the VIkings’ toughest NFC North opponent in 2015. With the league’s best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and a dangerous set of receivers, Green Bay’s offense is poised to produce next season. The defense, while thin at linebacker and cornerback, still features players like Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and B.J. Raji. Although the Vikings improved on paper this offseason, the true test will come when they take on the Packers twice in 2015.


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  1. I’ll go with the injury gods. Our young talent won’t be able to sabotage themselves if they aren’t on the field. Last year was a particularly bad season for the Vikes on the injury front, and losing multiple players to long stretches will be the fastest way to keep them from challenging the Packers.

  2. I’m a little disappointed in those that chose “ourselves”
    Vikings fans need to get over the “woe is me” syndrome.With the coaching staff we have in place,we’re headed in the right direction.It’s been quite a while since we had a HC with the mental toughness that Mike Zimmer has,and discipline is front and center under him.
    Despite all that went on last year,Zimmer got his team to rally together and put together a decent season.We know who our starting QB is,at last,and have a solid core of players to build around.Will be fine,and the fan base needs to start to generate some positive energy around our team.
    And remember..RELAX 🙂

  3. I’ll agree with aussie, and say the fans will be the toughest opponents. Enough of this, these next 10 years are gonna be like the 70’s….we’re gonna compete like hell for the championship. Just hide and watch!
    But hey, aussie…let’s not use anymore packer QB quotes for our guys. That’s just bad karma.
    How about- Thank God for pro days- Teddy Bridgewater

  4. Holy God! The Vikings can’t even be mentioned in the same conversation as the Packers or Lions. As widely noted, the Packers and Seahawks have the best two rosters in the league. The Vikings have so many holes. Offensive line. Defensive line. Linebacker. Receiver. QB. Defensive backs. The list goes on.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  5. c’mon! no, no, and no. we are our own toughest opponent? are we on the schedule? can we win or lose a game against ourselves? every team says it needs to play ‘their’ football, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to win even if you do. “if we play vikings football, we can win.” yeah, well, if we don’t beat ourselves, that helps, too. cliche city

    our toughest nfcn opponent is the phackers. even if we play good games against them, we still might not win. our division’s schedule is tough this year, so to make the playoffs we’ll probably need to win the division, and beat the cheezwhizzers doing so, but we can do it