The Minnesota Vikings are looking to reload in 2020, but have they done enough to continue to compete in a loaded NFC?
Last January, the Minnesota Vikings left San Francisco as a defeated team. Not only did they get throttled by the 49ers in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game, but the Vikings knew that the run with their current group had come to an end.
The defensive core that had led the Vikings to a pair of NFC North titles had been defeated by Father Time. The offense, which had taken a step forward under Kevin Stefanski, had several question marks despite being the strength of the roster. Even Mike Zimmer admitted that the Vikings needed to change, describing football as “a young man’s game.”
And with that, the Vikings got to work. What was an old, aging roster on the downswing has turned into a roster with plenty of youth and potential, but many questions heading into 2020. Gone are familiar faces Stefon Diggs, Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, and Xavier Rhodes, but the Vikings have plenty of new faces such as Justin Jefferson, Jeff Gladney, and Yannick Ngakoue as part of a promising rebuild on the fly.
But that begs the question of what’s next.
As the Vikings begin their 2020 season, there will be plenty of questions answered as they have the big reveal on Sunday against the Packers. In a loaded NFC race, the Vikings will have to adapt quickly or find themselves on the wrong end of .500. Here, we’ll look at some predictions of what could happen for the Vikings in 2020 and if it will be enough to stay competitive.