By Ian Baker -- Trinity Christian Academy junior and 2019-2020 Junior Journalist
The Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs combo will propel the Minnesota Vikings offense and will lead the NFL in receiving yards and catches. Last year, ESPN reported that Thielen had 113 receptions, 1,373 yards, and 9 touchdowns. Diggs had 102 receptions, 1,021 yards, and also 9 touchdowns.
Last year, the Vikings went 8-7-1 and finished 2nd in the NFC North with four Pro Bowlers. An injury prone offensive line and a new offensive coordinator were no match against Khalil Mack and Mitchell Trubisky’s high-flying offense that won the division. But now with the help of a more experienced quarterback (Kirk Cousins) and a now healthy offensive line, the Vikings should be able to win the NFC North and secure a playoff spot, with their only real threat being the Chicago Bears. The addition of rookie running back Alexander Mattison from Boise State and a healthy Dalvin Cook should offset the passing game.
On the defensive side of the ball, veteran cornerback Xavier Rhodes and ball-hawking and hard-hitting safety Harrison Smith should patrol the sidelines, and second-year cornerback Mike Hughes is coming of a devastating ACL injury in Week 6 against the Cardinals.
According to 247 Sports, the Vikings defense was the top-ranked team in total defense (276 yards a game) and scoring defense (15.8 points a game). It also set the all-time record for third- down efficiency at 25.2 percent only two years ago. Now after one year of rebuilding, the Vikings defense should be back to normal.
Head coach Mike Zimmer’s future has been brought up a lot this off season. With his eye surgeries and the Vikings' lackluster season last year, Zimmer’s days in Minnesota are numbered unless he can forget about last year and take the Vikings all the way and get the first Super Bowl victory in Minnesota.