NFL Network’s Adam Rank has revealed his 2020 record prediction for the Minnesota Vikings.
With a number of their top contributors from 2019 like Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter, and Harrison Smith returning, it doesn’t seem like a crazy thought to have that the Minnesota Vikings will be able to get back into the playoffs during the upcoming season.
However, some don’t exactly feel the same way about the Vikings in 2020. Some will look at the players who departed from Minnesota this year including Stefon Diggs, Trae Waynes, Xavier Rhodes, and Mackensie Alexander and think that the team’s chance for success is trending downward for the upcoming season.
NFL Network’s Adam Rank is someone who can be included in the group that doesn’t believe the Vikings are going to play well in 2020. Rank recently shared his record prediction for Minnesota as well as the rest of the NFC North and it’s not something that is going to make many who root for the purple and gold very happy.
Adam Rank doesn’t think the Minnesota Vikings will make the playoffs in 2020.
Since Mike Zimmer was hired to be the team’s head coach in 2014, the Vikings have only finished one season with a losing record. Despite this, Rank still believes Minnesota will end the upcoming season with a 7-9 record.
To explain why he thinks the Vikings will finish with a losing record for the first time since 2014, the NFL Network analyst, and known Chicago Bears fan, offered up the following.
"“Too many changes with the Vikings. They did a great job in the draft. I think this is a team that’s going to take a little bit of a step back this season. Maybe a little bit of regression. I think 2021 is when this team is going to start to come together. (Minnesota had) some great draft picks. But given everything that’s going on, I think 7-9, third place in the NFC North.”"
For the rest of the division, Rank has the Detroit Lions finishing fourth with a 3-13 record, the Green Bay Packers finishing second with an 8-8 record, and the Bears finishing atop the NFC North with a 10-6 record. He has Chicago as the only team from the division who will make the playoffs in 2020.
As angry as Rank’s record prediction might make some Vikings fans, it’s much better than how he felt about the team in 2019. Prior to the start of last season, he had Minnesota winning a total of just five games. He also, unsurprisingly, predicted his Bears to finish 13-3 last year.
Of course, we know the Vikings went on to end up with a 10-6 record and a spot in the playoffs in 2019 while Chicago finished outside of the postseason with an 8-8 record.
So take this year’s prediction from Rank as you wish. But if his thoughts from 2019 are any indication, his feelings on Minnesota for the upcoming season shouldn’t mean much.