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The Minnesota Vikings went on the road and pulled off one upset in the playoffs, but they couldn’t beat the NFC’s best team during the Divisional Round. Minnesota can take pride in going into New Orleans and knocking off the Saints as over a touchdown underdog per the NFL betting odds, but the Vikings were unable to go into Santa Clara and beat the San Francisco 49ers, ending their season. This is likely to be a very interesting offseason in Minneapolis with Kirk Cousins entering the last year of his contract, and the Vikings in search of a new offensive coordinator to replace new Cleveland Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Season Recap

Minnesota appeared to be a real Super Bowl contender through the first half of the season. Kirk Cousins was having his best season to date, and Dalvin Cook was leading the league in rushing for most of the year. However, the Vikings fell apart on offense starting in December, as this once dominant run game lost a lot of its punch.

Cook ran for 823 yards and nine touchdowns in Minnesota’s first eight games. He averaged 5.3 YPC or more in five of those eight games, and rookie Alexander Mattison did an excellent job of helping Cook wear defenses down when the Pro Bowl running back needed a breather. That opened things up for Kirk Cousins off play action, and he took advantage of it to post the best numbers of his career.

This offense was drastically different over the second half of the season. Minnesota went 4-4 as Cook failed to gain much traction, never averaging more than 3.7 YPC down the stretch. That led to Cousins forcing passes way too much, and he ended up throwing an interception in four of Minnesota’s last six games. Cousins did finish the season with his highest quarterback rating to date though, completing 69.1 percent of his passes for over 3,600 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Stefon Diggs was Cousins’ top target throughout the season, catching 63 passes for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns. He was snubbed for the Pro Bowl despite being one of the best deep threats in the NFC, and he was the only reliable threat in the passing game with Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph both having subpar years. Cook was the second leading receiver in an unlikely turn of events.

The Vikings have had one of the better defenses in the league for the last five years, but this unit underachieved compared to its talent in 2019. Despite having known commodities like Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Harrison Smith, Minnesota was just above average in most defensive metrics.

That defense came to play against New Orleans though, spurring Minnesota to the upset in the Wild Card Round. Griffen and Joseph were able to pressure Drew Brees throughout the day, getting the future Hall of Famer out of rhythm, and the offense did enough to get the win.

Minnesota’s defense was strong for most of the game against San Francisco in the Divisional Round too, but the offense left this unit on the field for way too long. The Vikings could only muster seven first downs, and they finished the afternoon with just 21 rushing yards on 10 carries. San Francisco wore down Minnesota’s front seven in the second half due to that offensive futility.

2020 Season Preview

Finding Stefanski’s replacement is the top priority for head coach Mike Zimmer this offseason. The Vikings have had no continuity on this side of the ball, and the new offensive coordinator will be the fifth OC in the last five years. Minnesota is in search of a new defensive coordinator too as George Edwards’ contract will not be renewed.

The Vikings will likely decide to pick up Griffen’s $14.5 million team option, but Waynes is likely to leave as he is due a significant pay raise. Minnesota might shake this unit up and get younger by releasing some high-priced veterans in March too, and that would lead to some additional questions on this side of the ball. Players like Xavier Rhodes, Danielle Hunter, and Linval Joseph could all be released from their contracts as all three players are slated to make $9 million or more in 2020.

2019 Minnesota Vikings Betting Schedule

WEEK MATCHUP DATE / TIME TV
Week 1 Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 2 Vikings at Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 3 Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 4 Vikings at Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 5 Vikings at New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 6 Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 7 Vikings at Detroit Lions Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 8 Vikings vs. Washington Redskins Thursday, Oct. 24, 8:20 p.m. ET FOX/NFLN
Week 9 Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 10 Vikings at Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Nov. 10, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 11 Vikings vs. Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 12 BYE - -
Week 13 Vikings at Seattle Seahawks Monday, Dec. 2, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Week 14 Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 15 Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Dec. 15, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 16 Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Monday, Dec. 23, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Week 17 Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET FOX
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Past Minnesota Vikings Seasons

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2018 8-7-1 None
2017 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2016 8-8 None
2015 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2014 7-9 None
2013 5-10-1 None
2012 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2011 3-13 None
2010 6-10 None
2009 12-4 Lost Conference Championship
2008 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2007 8-8 None
2006 6-10 None
2005 9-7 None
2004 8-8 Lost Divisional Round
2003 9-7 None
2002 6-10 None
2001 5-11 None
2000 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
Full List
1999 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
1998 15-1 Lost Conference Championship
1997 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
1996 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
1995 8-8 None
1994 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
1993 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
1992 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
1991 8-8 None
1990 6-10 None
1989 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
1988 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
1987 8-7 Lost Conference Championship
1986 9-7 None
1985 7-9 None
1984 3-13 None
1983 8-8 None
1982 5-4 Lost Divisional Round
1981 7-9 None
1980 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
1979 7-9 None
1978 8-7-1 Lost Divisional Round
1977 9-5 Lost Conference Championship
1976 11-2-1 Lost Super Bowl
1975 12-2 Lost Divisional Round
1974 10-4 Lost Super Bowl
1973 12-2 Lost Super Bowl
1972 7-7 None
1971 11-3 Lost Divisional Round
1970 12-2 Lost Divisional Round
1969 12-2 Lost Super Bowl
1968 8-6 Lost Divisional Round
1967 3-8-3 None
1966 4-9-1 None
1965 7-7 None
1964 8-5-1 None
1963 5-8-1 None
1962 2-11-1 None
1961 3-11 None

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