Minnesota
Vikings
Stadium U.S. Bank Stadium
10-6-0 Overall | 2-4 NFC NORTH 2nd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense133.3233.125.4
Defense108256.218.9
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
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
76 Collins, Aviante T6-429204/21/19933TCU
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
14 Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19935Maryland
78 Dozier, Dakota G6-431204/30/19916Furman
65 Elflein, Pat G6-330307/06/19943Ohio State
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
15 Hollins, Alexander WR6-117011/24/19960Eastern Illinois
92 Holmes, Jalyn DT6-528301/25/19962Ohio State
99 Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19945LSU
81 Johnson, Bisi WR6-020403/17/19970Colorado State
94 Johnson, Jaleel DT6-331607/12/19943Iowa
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
44 Meadors, Nathan DB5-1119402/13/19970UCLA
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
35 Sherels, Marcus DB5-1017509/30/19879Minnesota
59 Smith, Cameron ILB6-223503/26/19970USC
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
26 Waynes, Trae CB6-019007/25/19925Michigan State
91 Weatherly, Stephen DE6-526503/19/19944Vanderbilt
50 Wilson, Eric LB6-123009/26/19943Cincinnati
52 Yarbrough, Eddie DE6-325904/24/19933Wyoming