In their seventh season under head coach Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings finished the 2020-2021 campaign with a 7-9 record. The Vikings stumbled out of the gate, starting the year 1-5. This was the Vikings’ first losing season since 2014.
Although Minnesota’s offense moved the ball well last season, the Vikings’ defense was absolutely atrocious, allowing an average of 393.2 yards per game.
If you bet on Minnesota last season, the Vikings also went 7-9 against the spread. When it came to the over/under, they covered the over a whopping ten times.
The Vikings will have a new-look defense, adding eight-time Pro Bowl corner Patrick Peterson, plus defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. Cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander and Baushaud Breeland also signed with the Vikings, while safety Eric Wilson and linebacker Eric Wilson departed in free agency.
A fully healthy Anthony Barr will be huge for the Vikings this season, as the stud linebacker tore his pectoral muscle in Week 2 last year and didn’t see the field for the rest of the year.
Offensively, Kirk Cousins will still have Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at his disposal, plus star running back Dalvin Cook. Jefferson went off in his rookie NFL season with 1,400 yards receiving, and Cook finished second in league rushing yards behind Derrick Henry.
There were some key departures on the offense, however, as long-time Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph did sign elsewhere, however. Left tackle Riley Reiff also joined a new team in the offseason as well.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the Vikings over/under for wins this season set at 8.5. Minnesota has the second-best odds to win the NFC North at +240 behind Green Bay and are listed at +3900 to win Super Bowl 56.