Minnesota Vikings NFL Season Recap

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The Minnesota Vikings were a hot property on the 2020 NFL futures board. Minnesota had a whopping total of 17 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Yes, it was an impressive total, but why the pajama boy media thought that guaranteed success is anyone’s guess. The Vikings sold a company line of a revamped defense. General manager Rick Spielman used the nauseating corporate term “roster evolution.” In reality, it turned out to be roster devolution. Minnesota ranked 5th in the NFL for points allowed in 2019. After the changes, Minnesota fell to 29th for points allowed. The roster remake was a flop. In fact, the Vikings fell flat on their faces out of the gate with five straight up losses in their first six games. To their credit, the Vikings did dig out after their bye week. Minnesota climbed to 6-6 and in playoff position. But when the games mattered the most, the Vikings were unable to close. Minnesota lost three of their final four games.

Minnesota Vikings Season Recap

The Minnesota Vikings finished the 2020 regular season with a record of 7-9 straight up, 6-10 against the spread, and 11-5 over the total. The Vikings drowned gamblers in red ink in the final weeks of the season with seven consecutive losses to the oddsmakers. Their last three games went over the total. The decisive game of the Vikings season took place on December 20 and was a 33-27 home loss to Chicago Bears, who are playoff bound as a result.

Minnesota had final NFL metrics of 4th for total offense, 14th for passing, 5th for rushing, 11th for scoring, and 23rd for turnovers. Defensively the Vikings rank 27th overall, 25th against the pass, 27th against the rush, 29th for points allowed, and 19th for takeaways.

In their season finale, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 37-35 as 3-point road favorites with the game going over the total of 53.5. Minnesota outgained the dreadful Lions 508 to 417 in total yards and had a 31 to 21 first down advantage. Minnesota was +2 on turnover margin and had a 35:13 time of possession.

Kirk Cousins had an impressive finish to another inconsistent season throwing for 28 of 40 for 405 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Lions. Justin Jefferson caught 9 passes for 133 yards in the win.

Kirk Cousins finished with a 105.0 quarterback rating. Cousins completed 67.6 percent of his passes good for 4265 yards, 8.3 yards per pass, 35 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

Cousins was sacked 39 times. Cousins performed almost as well as last season when he was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time. But when you dive a little deeper past the numbers, Cousins did not have a great year.

Running back Dalvin Cook made the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season. Cook finished with 1557 yards rushing, 5.0 yards per rush, and 16 touchdowns. Additionally, Cook caught 44 passes for 361 yards and a TD. This was the second consecutive season that Cook surpassed the 1000-yard rushing mark. He has caught 40 or more passes for the past three consecutive seasons.

Rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson was the 22nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft and turned in a Pro Bowl season. Jefferson caught 88 passes good for 1400 yards, 15.9 yards per catch, and 7 touchdowns.

Wide receiver Adam Thielen is quite a story. After going undrafted in 2013 he turned himself into a two-time Pro Bowler. This season he caught 74 passes good for 925 yards, 12.5 yards per catch, and 14 touchdowns. After missing 6 games last season Thielen had a nice comeback campaign in 2020.

Linebacker Eric Wilson led the Vikings in tackles with 122. He added 3 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 8 PD’s, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries.

Safety Harrison Smith led the Vikings with 10 PD’s and 5 interceptions. The five-time Pro Bowler has become a defensive cornerstone for Minnesota.

Placekicker Dan Bailey had an erratic season. Bailey hit on just 15 out of 22 field goals in 2020. It was quite a letdown after a strong 2019 season in which he hit on 27 of 29 field goals for the Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs Green Bay Packers L 34-43 0-1
Week 2 at Indianapolis Colts L 11-28 0-2
Week 3 vs Tennessee Titans L 30-31 0-3
Week 4 at Houston Texans W 31-23 1-3
Week 5 at Seattle Seahawks L 26-27 1-4
Week 6 vs Atlanta Falcons L 23-40 1-5
Week 8 at Green Bay Packers W 28-22 2-5
Week 9 vs Detroit Lions W 34-20 3-5
Week 10 at Chicago Bears W 19-13 4-5
Week 11 vs Dallas Cowboys L 28-31 4-6
Week 12 vs Carolina Panthers W 28-27 5-6
Week 13 vs Jacksonville Jaguars W 27-24 (OT) 6-6
Week 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14-26 6-7
Week 15 vs Chicago Bears L 27-33 6-8
Week 16 at New Orleans Saints L 33-52 6-9
Week 17 at Detroit Lions W 37-35 7-9
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Vikings Past Seasons (2000)

2020 7-9 None
2019 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
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

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