4 reasons why the Vikings will still win the NFC North this season

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Danielle Hunter and Tom Johnson
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The defense is heating up at the right time

Earlier this season, the Vikings’ defense looked like an imposter. Minnesota was giving up a ton of points and big plays and it was leading to disappointing results.

But since Week 5, the Vikings’ defense has looked like the talented and terrifying unit that the rest of the NFL had become accustomed to since Mike Zimmer took over as the team’s head coach.

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In their last seven games, Minnesota has forced 14 turnovers and they are giving up an average of just 189 passing yards and 88 rushing yards to their opponents. The Vikings are currently the only team in the NFC to have a defense ranked in the top 10 against the pass and the rush.

Minnesota’s improvement on the defensive side of the ball is going to come in handy over the next two weeks when they take on the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

The Vikings have held Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Mitchell Trubisky, and Aaron Rodgers all under 200 passing yards during their last four games. Will Minnesota do the same in their next two contests against Tom Brady and Russell Wilson?

Whatever the outcomes of their next two games turns out to be, the success of the Vikings’ defense is going to play a tremendous factor in them winning another division title this season.