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The Vikings are Going Undefeated!

Of course, that’s what every Minnesota Vikings fan thought after the team released its 2016 regular season schedule last week. A road game against the Tennessee Titans to start the year? Mark it down as a win. The Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 2? The Cheeseheads don’t stand a chance.

As you make your way through the schedule — the 18th-toughest in the league — it’s easy to convince yourself that the Vikings can and should win every game. Why not? That’s the fun of the offseason, when every team is 0-0 and optimism is at an all-time high. And although I enjoy the Purple Kool-Aid as much as the next fan, I’m not ready to proclaim the Vikings just the fifth team in NFL history to finish the regular season undefeated.

Still, the NFL Draft isn’t for another nine days, and there’s plenty of time to speculate. The team at Vikings Territory will release their own predictions later this week, but we want to hear from you! How do you think Mike Zimmer and Co. will finish the regular season?

Minnesota Vikings 2016 Schedule Predictions
Vikings.com put together this nice graphic that nicely presents the 2016 MInnesota Vikings schedule.

Players reported to Winter Park for offseason workouts yesterday, and many shared their thoughts with Vikings.com team reporter Eric Smith. Sharrif Floyd, always a recognizable voice in the locker room, is excited to play in so many primetime games (the Vikings have four total this season, with three games on or near holidays).

“I looked over it and noticed a lot of prime time games this year,” he said of the schedule. “It’s about time. The Vikings have been working hard the past few years and now the whole world gets to see us instead of just the Midwest.”

Last year, the Vikings finished the season with two straight primetime games, winning both to claim the NFC North and more importantly, shake their reputation as losers on the NFL’s most visible stage. They’ll have a chance to alter their reputation completely in 2016 and vault themselves into the long-term conversation as contenders. Games against the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, and of course, the rest of the NFC North, should allow the Vikings ample opportunity to flex their muscles against the NFC’s best.

Looking at the schedule above, Minnesota is in a position to improve on its 11-5 record from 2015. A strong showing in free agency, the continued development of players like Teddy Bridgewater, and hopefully, another deep draft class should translate to even more success on the field. Will they get there, or are the Vikings in for a letdown after surprising the NFL world last season?

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Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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  1. I’m sorry but I see 10-6, 4-2 in the division, split 2 series. I’m seeing sure losses to Carolina and Indy (they always seem to have our number). I also think Arizona, Jacksonville(who’s improved a TON), and or NYG will take us down.

    I’m hoping you guys are right but I see 10-6 as the most likely outcome. The playoffs are a whole other ballgame though.

    1. Sorry Skol but you’re wrong. We got better this off season and will be even better after the draft.
      I see 12-4, NFC North Champs, NFC Conference champs, at the very least.

      1. It’s not a lack of faith is just the parity in the league. I still think we’ll win the division and think 10-6 to 12-4 is our range but I just see several improved teams on our schedule and not much improvement on our team.

        I also question if Teddy will be able to take the next step, and if we draft a WR in the first round thatll do nothing to help us next year.

  2. I am most concerned about Walsh. he won us a couple of games last year with his foot, if he can’t return to form (which is possible) he may cost a game or two, or three. How much leach does he get?

  3. I’ve got 14-2.We almost took down Arizona last season with 3 of our best players missing,at full strength we beat them.Carolina will be tough,but have they recovered mentally from the SB loss? The cheese holes should be better with Nelson back and we probably split that series.
    With better play calling offensively and a tougher mental approach on the O line,this team has to do better than 11-5,and I don’t see Zimmer settling for just a one game improvement.

    1. Not to mention that they had a chance of at least sending the games against Denver and AZ into overtime if not for turnovers at the worst possible time. No onus on Teddy for those, just unfortunate. Defense getting better, improved o line. Hopefully Teddy turns the corner and can at least manage better stats than Ponder in his one year of decent play in his run to the playoffs. Plus, they resigned Zach Line!! I would be willing to place any wager on at least 11-5. I think Zim and Spielman will lead the way to another solid draft, no matter on who they take. I am softening on a WR in the first round. I will copy and paste something of interest that a friend at work sent to me regarding Treadwell. I found it interesting…

      WR 1
      6’1″ 218 4.57 (unofficial…thus not at combine) 36 in vert 15 bench reps
      2015 111 catches 11 TDs 1,521 yrds

      WR 2
      6’2″ 220 4.63 33 vert 12 bench reps
      2015 82 catches 11 TDs 1,153 yrds

      WR 3
      6′ 186 4.56 33.5 vert 13 bench reps
      2015 136 catches 10 TDs 1,834 yrds

      WR 4
      6’2″ 220 4.6 (unofficial) 39 vert
      2015 80 catches 14 TD’s 1,400 yards

      WR1- Deandre Hopkins
      WR2- Laquan Treadwell
      WR3- Antonio Brown
      WR4- Allen Robinson

      Go Vikes!!

  4. 20-0

    Regular Season, Play offs, Super Bowl plus the Vikings make a complete sweep and win the Pro Bowl too.

        1. Ha!! I like your optimism Ole. Had to think of you when I saw that they resigned Zach. Greatest Viking blocker since Kleinsasser! There will be only one Jimmy K., but Zach is right there.

  5. Appreciate all the comments, guys. I’m going 14-2….call me crazy, but something tells me it’s going to be a great year.

  6. It could be a great season, it should at least be a good season.
    12-4, hope we get the 1st round bye!

    1. Trade Peterson for 4th pick take Myles jack get reciever at 23 and move up in second for Derrick Henry = SB run.

      1. Love your optimism too VB, as much as I would love to see your scenario play out. 1. Dallas was not willing to trade a 4th rounder for Adrian and his contract last year, I don’t think that Dallas would give up their 4th pick for the same deal. 2. No way Henry or Elliot get to the beginning of the 2nd round let alone be waiting at the end of the 2nd for MN. Unlikely that Lee or Ragland would still be waiting at 23, but I would like either one, especially Ragland. They will be gone, MN will likely go O line if Conklin, Decker, or Stanley are still available, but they will all be gone. That leaves WR, Doctson and/or Treadwell might both be drafted before 23 too. Let us hope that they don’t draft Fuller. (Troy Williamson 2.0)