Minnesota Vikings: CBS Sports predicts they barely make playoffs in 2020

Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins #8 (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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CBS Sports predicts the Minnesota Vikings go 9-7 in 2020

Every year right before training camp starts for NFL teams across the country, many media outlets will predict what could transpire in the upcoming season. Such is the case with CBS Sports as they just recently published their week-by-week predictions for the Minnesota Vikings as it’s pretty on point.

In an article written by Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports, he predicts that the Vikings will end up 9-7 on the year are barely make the NFL Playoffs. In his prediction, he sees the Vikings playing for their postseason lives in a wild finish on the road in Detroit against the Lions.

It comes down a field goal but the Vikings, in dramatic fashion, do just enough to win and clinch the final NFC Wild Card spot to enjoy life beyond the regular season. Of course in the NFL, anything can and will happen but in the grand scheme of things, it’s easy to see the Vikings slightly underperform in 2020.

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With so many new players on defense, there will undoubtedly be some growing pains on that side of the football. With some rookies, free agents, and possibly even a few undrafted free agents that make the final roster, it’ll take some time for everyone to come together and start playing defense consistently.

It won’t be easy but due to this, Benjamin hit the nail right on the head in that it will cause the Vikings to struggle in this area throughout the season. Their high-octane offense will definitely help them win some close games but their defensive secondary will leave much to the imagination as they’ll likely get torched more often than not.

Hopefully, the Vikings can do just enough to make these predictions turn into reality. Expectations are still high in that the Vikings can continue their momentum of last season, but it’s best to go into 2020 with a mentality of taking the season one game at a time.

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Overall, expect to see a lot of predictions for what the Vikings could do in 2020 as training camp approaches. Even our very own site has some bold regular season predictions that have the Vikings ending at 11-5. I predict a 10-6 finish with also a wildcard berth. What about you?