Reporter shares why Vikings have ‘good chance’ to start 0-6 in 2024

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Predicting how the 2024 NFL season will go for the Minnesota Vikings is extremely difficult. The team will have a new starting quarterback, new running back, new edge rushers, and will be looking to find a new identity under head coach Kevin O'Connell and general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

At the moment, Sam Darnold is expected to be the Vikings' Week 1 starter but he will likely only hold the job until rookie J.J. McCarthy is ready to take over the job and lead the team the rest of the way out.

Opinions of experts are all over the place on how Minnesota will fare during the upcoming season with some thinking the team has a competitive enough roster to win a solid number of games while others believe the team will struggle to find their footing.

Reporter shares why Vikings have ‘good chance’ to start 0-6 in 2024

Vic Tafur of The Athletic is someone who believes the Minnesota Vikings will have a rough start to the 2024 NFL season. In an article published on Friday, Tafur shared that Minnesota could find themselves in a hole early in the season.

"I don’t have much faith in either Sam Darnold — still getting chances as believers think the switch is finally going to flip in Year 7 — or college hand-off specialist J.J. McCarthy as a rookie. The Vikings also don’t have a very good defense and have a tough schedule. If they don’t beat the Giants on the road in the opener, there is a good chance they’re 0-6. Unless you see a win over the 49ers, Texans, Packers, Jets or Lions"

Vic Tafur - The Athletic

The Giants should be a game Minnesota has a solid chance of winning in Week 1 despite being on the road, but the first six games are pretty brutal otherwise. Games against the 49ers, Texans, Packers, and Lions will all be extremely tough tasks.

Week 5 against the Jets will be an interesting game. if Aaron Rogers and crew look good, this could be a difficult home game for the Vikings. However, the two New York teams will likely be the purple and gold's best odds for early-season wins.

If the Minnesota Vikings happen to drop their first six games of the year, it will be extremely tough for them to attempt to keep up with the other teams in the NFC North. In a highly-competitive division, every game counts, especially the divisional contests. Let's hope this isn't how the season starts.