Vikings flip the script
There have been certain narratives that have followed Mike Zimmer during his reign as the Vikings head coach.
Under Zimmer, Minnesota has had trouble winning on the road, winning primetime games, and beating teams with winning records. The Vikings have also had a knack for coming up short in big games, often seeming underprepared by the coaching staff. If Minnesota can overcome these stigmas in 2020, it could be enough to extend Zimmer’s time with the team.
The Vikings took a step in the right direction when it came to changing this narrative in 2019 when they won a tough road game over the Dallas Cowboys in primetime. However, Minnesota still lost road matchups against the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
The Vikings ended up losing primetime games to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers last season. Minnesota did get a primetime win over the Washington Redskins, but they ended up playing down to their competition.
The Vikings went on to get a big playoff road win against the New Orleans Saints, but then they were defeated by a better San Francisco 49ers team on the road a week later.
If Minnesota can take the next step and come out and win some of these types of games they aren’t supposed to, it could show enough of a change and improvement in Zimmer’s coaching that the front office deems him worthy of returning in 2021.