3 directions the Minnesota Vikings 2020 season can go from here

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Improve slightly to languish in mediocrity

Given the history surrounding teams that have started 1-4 going on to having any sort of success in the NFL, things look bleak for the Vikings for the remainder of the 2020 campaign. This bears more significance when one considers the injuries being accumulated by Minnesota and the dismal contributions from their interior offensive line and cornerback groups.

The Vikings do have some winnable games upcoming on the rest of their schedule, providing the confidence across the organization isn’t completely shot following a demoralizing defeat at the death in Week 5. This might enable them to get back on track to a certain degree, but just where that leaves them at the end of the campaign remains to be seen.

Getting to 8-8 or even 9-7 would be considered a substantial achievement at this juncture. This might be on the optimistic side considering what Minnesota has shown us through the first five weeks. But Mike Zimmer’s teams do not go down without a fight, even if they might be lacking in quality.

Languishing in mediocrity seems like a more realistic proposition. Somewhere in the region of 6-10 or even 5-11 is now a distinct possibility, which would bring its own complications given the Vikings’ upcoming salary cap constraints in 2021.