3 small changes that could make a major difference for Vikings in 2022

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More creativity on offense

Creativity is key when it comes to NFL offenses these days. Almost every contender last season brought an expansive scheme that always kept the opposition guessing, something that was not in keeping with the more rigid nature deployed by the Vikings more often than not.

Kevin O’Connell is an offensive-minded coach, which the Vikings haven’t had for quite some time. Considering the abundance of talent on this side of the football, it promises to be a fascinating season that should see improved play-calling compared to the Kubiak regimes.

At least on the face of things, Minnesota’s offense has the potential to be outstanding.

The wide receiver trio of Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and K.J. Osborn can make plays at will, Dalvin Cook is among the league’s best running backs, Irv Smith Jr.’s return to health should bolster the tight end position, and quarterback Kirk Cousins has enough in his locker to keep them all on the right track.

Much will depend on how the offense line performs – although hopes are rightfully high for this group to also make strides. If O’Connell can conjure up enough creativity, then it’s going to be a productive campaign.

A new scheme comes with a period of adjustment, one suspects. However, the duo of Cousins and O’Connell worked together previously in Washington, which should stand the Vikings in good stead.