4 Vikings who have exceeded expectations so far this season

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Which Minnesota Vikings players have exceeded expectations this season?

Just when you thought all hope was lost for the Minnesota Vikings, they go and pull a rabbit out of their hat. Mike Zimmer’s men regrouped following their bye week to secure the unlikeliest of victories against the Green Bay Packers. The win could result in a change of fortunes for Minnesota with some winnable games coming up on the schedule.

To say this was unexpected from the Vikings would be something of an understatement. However, Zimmer has long been renowned for coming up with the goods when his back is against the wall and this proved to be the case once against a Green Bay team that is expected to challenge for the NFC title this season.

Things haven’t been easy for Minnesota during the first half of the campaign. Big personnel changes were made in the spring which has been felt on the field, with the team now at 2-5 following their Week 8 triumph.

Even though we are now officially at the halfway point of the 2020 season, it’s still a little too soon to be writing off the Vikings’ hopes of securing an unlikely playoff spot.

During the next five weeks, Minnesota will face the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. This presents the Vikings with a significant opportunity to get themselves close to a .500 record and put themselves right back in the thick of things with extra playoff spots possibly up for grabs.

How Minnesota builds on this win is going to be crucial. But there is a lot to be encouraged about after some doom and gloom merchants were ready to throw in the towel.

Who are some of the Vikings players that have exceeded expectations from a performance perspective at the halfway stage of the season?