Minnesota
Vikings
Stadium U.S. Bank Stadium
7-3-0 Overall | 1-2 NFC NORTH 2nd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense153243.726.2
Defense91.2264.618.2
    Schedule
    Preseason
    Week 2Fri  8/9
    @
    Saints
    W34-25
    Week 3Sun  8/18
    vs
    Seahawks
    W25-19
    Week 4Sat  8/24
    vs
    Cardinals
    W20-9
    Week 5Thu  8/29
    @
    Bills
    L23-27
    Regular season
    Week 1Sun  9/8
    vs
    Falcons
    W28-12
    Week 2Sun  9/15
    @
    Packers
    L16-21
    Week 3Sun  9/22
    vs
    Raiders
    W34-14
    Week 4Sun  9/29
    @
    Bears
    L6-16
    Week 5Sun  10/6
    @
    Giants
    W28-10
    Week 6Sun  10/13
    vs
    Eagles
    W38-20
    Team Outlook and Scouting Report

    SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

    After hiring Gary Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator we projected a +1.5 ppg improvement for Minnesota and an above .500 win total. And while you should not overreact from pre-season there are not any indicators that Kirk Cousins will have more success against tough defenses so we made an adjustment downgrading Kubiak's impact. Their odds to win it all are 20/1, 4.8% (#11). Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 1.5% chance is #16 in the league. In simulations, they win the NFC 3.8% of the time and are not a good value at 9/1, 10%. The Vikings are averaging 8 wins per sim so we recommend betting them to come under 9 wins. At +105 the Vikings are not a good value to make the playoffs with a 33.1% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 2/1, 33.3%. They win the division in 21.5% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the NFC.

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    REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

    Their 8-7-1 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their expected win percentage was 58%. They went 7-7-2 against the spread (-70 loss). More of their games came in under (10) than went over (6). They are favored in their upcoming game vs the Atlanta Falcons. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

    TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

    They are a below average scoring team based on points per game and below average in yards per play. They are an above average scoring defense, which make sense given their strong yards per play allowed rank.

    TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

    TEAM DEFENSE:

    TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

    The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Adam Thielen who is projected to be the #9 WR. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

    Roster
    NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
    31 Abdullah, Ameer RB5-920306/13/19935Nebraska
    20 Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/19934Clemson
    5 Bailey, Dan K6-019001/26/19889Oklahoma State
    55 Barr, Anthony OLB6-525503/18/19926UCLA
    23 Boone, Mike RB5-1020606/30/19952Cincinnati
    38 Boyd, Kris DB5-1120009/12/19960Texas
    56 Bradbury, Garrett C6-330506/20/19950NC State
    40 Brothers, Kentrell LB6-124202/08/19934Missouri
    2 Colquitt, Britton P6-321003/20/198510Tennessee
    83 Conklin, Tyler TE6-325407/30/19952Central Michigan
    33 Cook, Dalvin RB5-1021008/10/19953Florida State
    8 Cousins, Kirk QB6-320208/19/19888Michigan State
    58 Cutting, Austin LS6-324510/27/19960Air Force
    16 Davis, Davion WR5-1119510/23/19960Sam Houston State
    14 Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19935Maryland
    78 Dozier, Dakota G6-431204/30/19916Furman
    65 Elflein, Pat G6-330307/06/19943Ohio State
    42 Gedeon, Ben OLB6-224410/16/19943Michigan
    97 Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/198710USC
    30 Ham, C.J. FB5-1123507/22/19933Augustana (S.D.)
    41 Harris, Anthony DB6-120210/09/19915Virginia
    24 Hill, Holton DB6-219603/28/19972Texas
    69 Hill, Rashod T6-631301/12/19924Southern Miss
    92 Holmes, Jalyn DT6-528301/25/19962Ohio State
    21 Hughes, Mike CB5-1018902/11/19972UCF
    99 Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19945LSU
    81 Johnson, Bisi WR6-020403/17/19970Colorado State
    94 Johnson, Jaleel DT6-331607/12/19943Iowa
    61 Jones, Brett C6-231507/29/19915Regina (Canada)
    98 Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/198810East Carolina
    27 Kearse, Jayron SAF6-421502/11/19944Clemson
    54 Kendricks, Eric MLB6-023202/29/19925UCLA
    64 Kline, Josh G6-330012/29/19897Kent State
    4 Mannion, Sean QB6-623004/25/19925Oregon State
    51 Mata'afa, Hercules DE6-225409/18/19952Washington State
    25 Mattison, Alexander RB5-1122006/19/19980Boise State
    75 O'Neill, Brian T6-729709/15/19952Pittsburgh
    95 Odenigbo, Ifeadi DE6-325804/08/19942Northwestern
    71 Reiff, Riley T6-630512/01/19888Iowa
    29 Rhodes, Xavier CB6-121806/19/19907Florida State
    82 Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/09/19899Notre Dame
    73 Samia, Dru G6-530808/22/19970Oklahoma
    34 Sendejo, Andrew SS6-121009/09/19879Rice
    22 Smith, Harrison FS6-221402/02/19898Notre Dame
    84 Smith, Irv TE6-224208/09/19980Alabama
    93 Stephen, Shamar DT6-530902/25/19916Connecticut
    19 Thielen, Adam WR6-220008/22/19906Minnesota State
    11 Treadwell, Laquon WR6-221506/14/19954Ole Miss
    74 Udoh, Oli T6-632502/14/19970Elon
    96 Watts, Armon DT6-529507/22/19960Arkansas
    26 Waynes, Trae CB6-019007/25/19925Michigan State
    91 Weatherly, Stephen DE6-526503/19/19944Vanderbilt
    50 Wilson, Eric LB6-123009/26/19943Cincinnati