3 biggest challenges Minnesota Vikings face in 2020

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /
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Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
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The Minnesota Vikings experienced a lot of turnover in 2020, and that’s only part of the challenges the team will face this upcoming season.

The Minnesota Vikings realized they needed to make a number of changes after being eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs last season.

A few of these changes were necessary, such as making upgrades along the offensive line while also revamping some parts of the defense. Other changes were a bit more unexpected or shocking, such as trading away wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills after his relationship with the team deteriorated.

Bringing aboard 15 players via the 2020 NFL Draft suggests some wholesale changes are on the table. And while not every one of those players will make the 53-man roster, the sheer multitude of moves suggests head coach Mike Zimmer and Co. want to shift their approach to remain towards the top of the NFC North.

And perhaps start a trend of working deeper into the postseason on a regular basis.

That said, major transitions can have varying effects on how a team performs the subsequent campaign, and the Minnesota Vikings will be no different. There are going to be some notable obstacles and challenges the team will face in 2020.

The pecking order within the NFC North doesn’t seem too different. Minnesota and the Green Bay Packers still remain the top contenders within the division. How well the Vikings handle themselves against their chief divisional rivals will be a big determining point this upcoming season.

But these three other challenges could pose threats to Minnesota’s prospects for another deep postseason run.