5 major differences to expect from the Vikings in 2021

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More dynamic offense

Although there is still a Kubiak as offensive coordinator, there could be some real changes to the scheme for the Vikings in 2021. Klint has replaced father Gary, who retired from the league following a glittering career, so this fresh set of ideas might be enough to get a talented group of players over the hump and to even greater heights.

Despite Kyle Rudolph leaving in free agency and still no real third wide receiver option unless someone makes enormous strides, there is a lot to like about the options Kubiak can utilize next season.

This will be led, of course, by Dalvin Cook. The running back will be tasked with setting the tempo and making defenses stack the box with elite production and the scope to break off big yardage at any given opportunity.

However, expect to see plenty from quarterback Kirk Cousins getting the football downfield under his new offensive coordinator. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are classed as one of the NFL’s most dynamic receiving tandem, which is something Minnesota should take advantage of.

Both players can influence proceedings all over the field, and in Jefferson’s case, the sky is the limit with even more development this offseason.

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If Irv Smith Jr. and Tyler Conklin can become more involved from the tight end position, this will be an incredibly difficult offense to stop.