4 important Minnesota Vikings stats to watch for in 2020

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Which Minnesota Vikings statistics should be focused on heading into the season?

This commentary can be construed as statistics from the upcoming Minnesota Vikings season that will be unsung or potentially overlooked. It’s rather obvious, for instance, if Kirk Cousins throws 50 touchdowns, that’s a pretty important stat. So, this will be less-noticeable stuff.

The Vikings open up this season as favorites, or at least, a frontrunner, to win the NFC North division. Oddsmakers, such as the Action Network, give Minnesota the best chance to win their division this year.

The rival Green Bay Packers did little to foster the betterment of their offense this offseason. This was baffling to most fans and pundits.

The Chicago Bears are hosting a good old-fashioned quarterback battle at their training camp between incumbent Mitchell Trubisky and former Super Bowl champion Nick Foles. Neither man ranks near the top 10 of the NFL as far as signal-callers are concerned.

And then the expectations for the Detroit Lions are meager. Lions head coach Matt Patricia figures to be on the hot seat as he was hired as a defensive coach, but his team has been substandard on that side of the ball during his tenure. Detroit has been the league’s 21st-best team in terms of points-allowed since Patricia arrived in 2018. Not exactly a fearsome bunch.

Little and not-so-little indicators about the future of the Vikings will be plenteous in 2020. For example, we will know how much faith the team bestows in rookie cornerback Jeff Gladney going forward after an evaluation of his first-year campaign.

But some of these tell-tale stats are not so apparent and widespread as of now. That’s why they will be crucial to keep an eye on once the season begins.

So what are a few of the most important Minnesota statistics to monitor in 2020?