NFL Network analysts James Jones and Maurice Jones-Drew recently predicted the outcome of each and every game for the Minnesota Vikings in 2018.
Last season was a magical one for the Minnesota Vikings. It still did not end with them celebrating a Super Bowl win, but the 2017 Vikings definitely played some entertaining football.
After making it all the way to the NFC Championship last year, expectations are high for Minnesota in 2018. Especially after the Vikings added quarterback Kirk Cousins and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in free agency this offseason.
A number of predictions for how Minnesota will do in 2018 have already been made (including one from us) and many have the team finishing among the NFL’s best.
Recently, NFL Network analysts James Jones and Maurice Jones-Drew took a stab at guessing how many wins the Vikings will end up with at the end of the upcoming season. The two collaborated on this prediction and came away with Minnesota finishing 2018 with an 11-5 record.
This seems like an achievable record for the Vikings to end up with based on the talent they added this offseason and the players they have returning from their 2017 roster. Honestly, it would be really surprising if Minnesota won less than 10 games in 2018.
For the upcoming season, Jones and Jones-Drew also predicted the Green Bay Packers to win 12 games. Meaning that these two believe the Packers will retake the top of the NFC North in 2018 and take the division crown away from the Vikings.
For a team that could be forced to give two rookie cornerbacks significant playing time during the upcoming season like Green Bay, it seems a little odd that many still believe they are the team to beat in the NFC North (even with Aaron Rodgers returning).
However, this talk should not bother Mike Zimmer and Minnesota. All it should really do is just motivate the Vikings to prove their doubters wrong once again in 2018.