Minnesota won’t lose to Chicago and Green Bay four times in 2020
Well, they did in 2019, but it will not happen again. The Vikings finished with a 10-6 record last season, and four of the losses were at the feet of the Bears and Packers. The other two losses occurred against the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
Should the team lose four times to its main foes in 2020, the quarterback position will be blamed (regardless of fault) and Kirk Cousins’ longterm prognosis will be re-evaluated.
The stakes are too high for Minnesota and the team will not drop all of its matchups to the Bears and Green Bay in 2020. Chicago and Green Bay will probably be formidable. Even when they are not, the teams serve up slugfest games because that’s just what division rivals do.
Even if the Vikings split their four contests with Chicago and Green Bay, it leaves two losses to allocate to other 2020 opponents if one is contrasting last year’s record to this year’s projection. The two-loss split is obviously not mandatory, but it can be interpreted as a leeway in some respects.
As a whole, the Vikings will do better than a 2-4 division record in 2020 and this should increase the optimism to finishing with a record better than 10-6.