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

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Everyone staying healthy

Although a poor start was the catalyst behind the Minnesota Vikings’ demise in 2020, injuries certainly didn’t help. It all started when stud defensive end Danielle Hunter was ruled out for the entire season with a neck injury before the first snap, with other influential figures also going down at a time when they were needed more than ever.

The Vikings made some big changes to their roster last spring. So the last thing they wanted was for the likes of Anthony Barr to go down long-term with a relative lack of quality on the depth chart.

Every team suffers injuries. That is just the nature of the business.

Minnesota will be hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Their options look a lot stronger than at any point last season, so it appears they’ll be better prepared if disaster strikes in 2021.

One such example has already occurred. Michael Pierce is missing the first portion of training camp with a calf injury that isn’t deemed serious, but the Vikings acquired Sheldon Richardson in free agency, who can step in and fill the void.

This is a key component behind every contending team. Hopefully, the Vikings have enough to cope when the injury big inevitably bites next season.