5 reasons why the Vikings could exceed expectations in 2020

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They stay healthy

If most of the Vikings can stay healthy for all 16 games in 2020, they could definitely exceed expectations.

Minnesota overcame some injuries a season ago and they were able to stay competitive. They lost Adam Thielen for a long stretch, lost Josh Kline for a few games, Linval Joseph missed time, and Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison both missed a handful of contests too.

The Vikings managed to go 10-6 last year despite the setbacks. When Thielen went out with his injury, Stefon Diggs stepped up and Kyle Rudolph became Kirk Cousins’ favorite target in the red zone.

While they don’t have Diggs this year, Minnesota’s receiving corps is arguably deeper than it was a season ago and it has other guys who can fill the void if Thielen gets hurt once again.

The Vikings are deep at running back and if they lose Cook or Mattison for any amount of time next season, Mike Boone has shown the ability to handle the full workload. Other positions aren’t as deep for Minnesota, but if the team can avoid the injury bug it won’t matter.

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The Vikings’ current roster from top to bottom is very solid. If they can stay relatively injury-free, they should be able to make a deep playoff run in 2020 and do much better overall than many expect.