6 reasons why the Minnesota Vikings will win Super Bowl LIII

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The elite defense should be even better:

It has been quite awhile since the Vikings’ defense was among the NFL’s best. For the first time since 1971, Minnesota allowed fewer points to their opponents than any other team around the league last season.

10 of their 11 starters on defense from a year ago are expected back in 2018. The one new player who will be in the Vikings’ starting lineup next year is a very talented defensive tackle by the name of Sheldon Richardson.

Adding Richardson to a defensive line that already consisted of Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen, and Linval Joseph easily makes Minnesota’s front-four one of the best in the NFL.

Despite finishing 2017 with the league’s second-best passing defense, the Vikings still went ahead and used their first-round pick in last April’s draft on Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes. The rookie is coming off a year at UCF where he did not even allow his coverage to catch a touchdown.

The performance of their defense will be a gigantic key to the Vikings’ success in 2018. With the additions of Richardson and Hughes this offseason, chances are good that Minnesota’s will remain among the NFL’s elite next season.