3 teams Vikings should be worried about in 2023

  • A rising divisional foe
  • An obvious choice
  • A sneaky team with not much else to lose

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A season after finishing 13-3, the Minnesota Vikings now face the big question: how do we do it again?

Even more importantly, how do the Vikings not only have another strong, successful season, but also make it worthwhile in the playoffs? The last thing fans want to see is another phenomenal regular season, only to follow it up by laying an egg in the team's first postseason game. God forbid, they don't even make the playoffs this year.

For the Vikings to compete in 2023, they're going to be worried about several teams. Whether we're talking the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles or even the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota is going to have some tough competition in the NFC.

But, which teams should they be most worried about, and why? Let's get into a trio of franchises that should not be taken lightly, for one reason or another.

1. Detroit Lions

Last year, we saw what might have been the beginning of the Detroit Lions' turnaround. Finally, Lions fans seem to have something to get excited about. Head coach Dan Campbell began his stint in Detroit by garnering laughs from his infamous "biting kneecaps" comment.

But now? The laughs have grown quieter by the day. Campbell has his Lions team playing tougher football, winning close games, fighting until the end, and loaded with some young talent at key positions.

Detroit's offense is not one to mess around with, as Jared Goff has played far better than anyone expected with the Lions. Playmakers like David Montgomery, Jahmyr Gibbs, and Amon-Ra St. Brown are going to get used a lot. Jameson Williams will be a problem once he's back from suspension. Detroit is going to score points.

Defensively, though, is where the Lions might be making the biggest turnaround. Aidan Hutchinson has this group feeling much different than they did going into last season. He's turning into a dominant player, in every aspect of his position. And that's just where it starts.

The Lions' defense has added talent over the last two offseasons, and soon they could be no laughing matter. Look out for the Lions. They are a team to be afraid of, as they're still a franchise that hardly gets taken seriously. Using that to their advantage is going to be key for their mental fortitude in 2023.