3 reasons the Vikings will go over their projected win total in 2023

Vikings fans should feel highly disrespected by their team's current win projection for the coming season

Minnesota Vikings wide receivers K.J. Osborn (17) and Justin Jefferson (18)
Minnesota Vikings wide receivers K.J. Osborn (17) and Justin Jefferson (18) / David Berding/GettyImages
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The defense will undoubtedly be better

The Vikings had no choice but to score a lot of points. Their defense might have been the worst overall unit in the NFL, depending on which metrics you deem most important. Now, entering 2023, this unit is certainly improved.

Minnesota turned over parts of the roster and got younger, better and at key positions, too. Two particular signings should pay big dividends. First, cornerback Byron Murphy gives the Vikings a legitimate Patrick Peterson replacement, and one who is far younger. A former second-round pick, Murphy is a guy who definitely takes some risks but also comes up with his hands on the ball often.

Second, the Vikings signed pass rusher Marcus Davenport, who should give them another disruptor up front alongside Danielle Hunter. If the Vikings' pass rush can stay healthy and intact, that'll make the job easier for the rest of the defense.

At the very least, this unit has to be better than 2022, so the one-score game stress should be reduced, and hopefully result in more confidence-boosting victories.