The Minnesota Vikings were 13-3 during the 2017 NFL season, but Colin Cowherd believes the team won’t come close to replicating that record in 2018.
Being a consistently dominating team in today’s NFL can be a huge challenge. Not every franchise can be Super Bowl contenders on a regular basis, but the Minnesota Vikings are hoping they can join the league’s elite and repeat their success from the 2017 season.
Last year, Minnesota finished the season with a very impressive 13-3 record and made sure to take the offseason to secure some consistency at the quarterback position, bolster their defensive line, and lock down some key players on the team for the long haul.
The Vikings are hoping to return to the postseason and many teams and experts believe they are among the favorites to competing in Super Bowl LII, but analyst and host of The Herd, Colin Cowherd, doesn’t believe this team will have the same kind of success.
During a segment on his show, Cowherd states that Minnesota will not repeat their 13-3 success due to playing a tougher schedule this year, a new offensive coordinator and quarterback, Aaron Rodgers returning to Green Bay, and Minnesota’s Minneapolis Miracle, which Colin used the incorrect terminology for during his broadcast.
Cowherd says that Green Bay will win the NFC North and Minnesota will be closer to an 8-8 team than a 13-3 squad. Check out the video of his conversation as shared on the YouTube channel of The Herd with Colin Cowherd:
He does make some valid points. Aside from the ridiculous statement about the Minneapolis Miracle having any impact on the Vikings regular season record, he does have solid statements about just how hard the Vikings schedule is and the challenges the team faces in meshing their offense with a new quarterback and coordinator.
In fact, if Minnesota does win eight, nine, or even 10 games this season, they will more than likely miss the playoffs due to the intense competition in the NFC.
It would be a little shocking to see a team with the top-ranked defense and so much talent on offense not make the postseason, but Cowherd seems to believe that will be the case.
Sure, there is always the chance that the Vikings could suffer a massive collapse and regress this season in a big way, but the team is too hungry to fall so far that they miss the postseason.
Odds are that it will be either Green Bay or Minnesota who wins the NFC North, but both teams have a great chance of making the postseason and both teams will likely have 11 wins or more.
What do you think of Colin Cowherd’s claim that the Minnesota Vikings will be closer to 8-8 than 13-3 during the 2018 NFL season? And is his reasoning for believing they will regress solid? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.