In their recent 2019 NFL predictions, CBS Sports has the Minnesota Vikings beating the Pittsburgh Steelers to win their very first Super Bowl this season.
Selecting the Minnesota Vikings to win the Super Bowl was a pretty trendy thing to do prior to the 2018 season. But after the Vikings failed to even qualify for the playoffs last year, the championship predictions for the purple and gold haven’t been as frequent leading up to the 2019 season.
However, there are still a few notable people who cover the NFL that believe the potential for Minnesota to win a Super Bowl this year still exists.
One of these people includes CBS Sports’ Will Brinson. In his predictions for the upcoming 2019 football season, Brinson has the Vikings defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl LIV.
In addition to his thoughts about Minnesota finally capturing a championship, Brinson also believes that the Vikings will win 13 games, secure the NFC North title, and finish as the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
His explanation for why he is so high on Minnesota this season has a lot to do with their top running back, Dalvin Cook. Brinson believes the Vikings’ new zone-blocking offense such a perfect fit for Cook that it will result in him winning the league’s rushing title in 2019.
For Minnesota fans, these predictions are very enjoyable to read. But how realistic of a chance do they have of actually happening?
Anything is possible, but a second 13-win season in the last three years is something that very few teams around the NFL are capable of achieving.
Do the Vikings have the potential and the talent to make all of Brinson’s predictions come true this season? Of course they do. But after last year’s disappointing performance, it may better to enter the season with expectations that are a little lower for Minnesota’s 2019 team.