CBS Sports believes the Vikings are ‘the NFC North’s most complete team’

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CBS Sports’ Will Brinson recently gave his predictions for how successful the Minnesota Vikings will be during the 2018 NFL season.

Prior to the 2017 season, not many knew what to make of the Minnesota Vikings. After beginning 2016 with five straight wins, the Vikings went on to finish with a disappointing 8-8 record and no trip to the playoffs.

This year, Minnesota is coming off a season that saw them win 13 games and make it all the way to the NFC Championship without their first-string quarterback or running back for the majority of the time.

With their success last year, it’s not hard to understand why many believe the Vikings are legit contenders to win a Super Bowl in 2018. Especially with the additions of Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson to their roster this offseason.

Add CBS Sports’ Will Brinson to the list of those who believe in Minnesota’s potential for success in 2018. Brinson recently wrote about the Vikings’ chances next season to win more or less than the projected 10 victories set by Las Vegas oddsmakers earlier this year.

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Spoiler alert, he thinks Minnesota will finish with more than 10 wins in 2018.

"“Taking the over on 10 wins is a tough sell, but the Vikings are a loaded team on both sides of the ball, capable of locking down any offense and potentially being an explosive offense with the addition of Cousins. I like the schedule, even if it’s got those tough road games.”"

The fuel behind Brinson’s belief in the Vikings mainly has to do with their defense and the offseason addition of Cousins. He predicts Minnesota’s defense will be a, “top-five unit,” next season and the Vikings’ new quarterback has the potential to take the team’s offense to, “the next level.”

If Minnesota is able to finish with more than 10 wins in 2018, it will be the third time the team has accomplished this feat during the five seasons with Mike Zimmer as their head coach.

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The faith in the Vikings being championship contenders is certainly strong this year. Will Minnesota actually be able to live up to these expectations in 2018?