Familiarity on offense could prove to be vital for the Minnesota Vikings in 2020.
For the 2020 preseason, the Minnesota Vikings and the rest of the teams around the NFL having two fewer exhibition games seems all but guaranteed.
However, there is still a possibility that the Vikings’ entire preseason schedule could be eliminated if the NFLPA is able to convince the owners around the league that these meaningless games are unnecessary during the middle of a pandemic.
For teams who have experienced a lot of roster turnover this offseason, a lack of preseason games could have a negative impact on their chances for success in 2020. Minnesota has a lot of new faces on their roster this year, but having the majority of their top core players returning should give them an advantage over some of their opponents during the upcoming season.
Will the Minnesota Vikings be better off without a preseason in 2020?
Recently, the guys over at Bleeding Purple attempted to figure out if the NFL even needs to have a preseason this year. With the league still trying to figure out ways to keep their players as safe as possible when they attempt to conduct training camp during the middle of a pandemic, having meaningless games just doesn’t seem like one of the smartest decisions to make
With the 15 rookies Minnesota added during this year’s NFL Draft, one might assume they would be a team who could struggle in 2020 without a preseason. However, the Vikings might actually benefit from the league canceling this year’s preseason.
The majority of Minnesota’s roster turnover this year came on the defensive side of the ball. During the upcoming offseason, the Vikings will still have the services of most of their top offensive performers from 2019 that includes Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph.
So for matchups like the Vikings’ Week 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts, one might think Minnesota’s offensive experience would prove to give them a competitive advantage over a Colts team that is entering their first season with Philip Rivers as their starting quarterback.
While some coaches and teams might prefer to have at least a couple of preseason contests to get their guys in better game shape, the current circumstances in the world are causing the league and its players to seriously consider eliminating their meaningless exhibition matchups this summer.