5 big plans most likely to go wrong for the Vikings in 2021

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What big plans are most like to go wrong for the Minnesota Vikings in 2021?

Aaron Rodgers might be returning to the Green Bay Packers for the 2021 season, but there is still a sense of optimism that the Minnesota Vikings can give them a run for their money in the NFC North.

A strong period of recruitment this offseason has Mike Zimmer’s men well placed to make an instant postseason return. So it’ll be interesting to see how things come together at training camp in the coming weeks.

This is the time to plan, build chemistry, and lay the foundations for a successful campaign. Something the Vikings are more than capable of achieving if everything clicks into place.

Things will be more difficult now Rodgers is returning to Lambeau. Minnesota needs to hit the ground running after a dismal start put pay to their chances in 2020, but more experience across the board could work in their favor when competitive action begins.

However, nothing ever goes according to the script. Here are five big plans that could go wrong for the Vikings in 2021.

Plan No. 1

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Where else could we start?

The kicker position has been a poisoned chalice where the Vikings are concerned over the last 30 years. Time and time again, this fine margin has come back to haunt Minnesota, and Dan Bailey’s struggles last time around meant releasing him this offseason was an easy call to make.

Greg Joseph now takes over, and with Riley Patterson on the sidelines through injury, it’s his job to lose entering his second season in a professional environment. Whether he can keep this job long-term is another matter, but the bar isn’t exactly set that high, judging by recent history.