After Case Keenum led the Vikings on a magical run to the NFC championship game, the Vikings decided he wasn't good enough and inked Kirk Cousins to the league's first fully guaranteed contract. This roster is absolutely loaded and Mike Zimmer has established himself as one of the league's better coaches, this just might be their year.
QB Kirk Cousins (Free Agency)
Cousins long standoff with Washington finally ends and he now gets the long term deal he was seeking with a team that can help him win.
DT Sheldon Richardson (Free Agency)
Richardson forms one of the league's best defensive lines alongside Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, and Linval Joseph.
CB Mike Hughes (Drafted 30th overall)
Hughes was a bit of a surprise choice, not because of a lack of talent but because he will be in a loaded secondary with Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes starting at corner.
HIT THE TRAILS
QBs Sam Bradford (Signed with Arizona), Teddy Bridgewater (Signed with New York Jets), and Case Keenum (Signed with Denver)
Everyone thought the Vikings had three solid quarterbacks all hitting free agency. Their decision was to let them all go and bring in an upgrade.
RB Jerick McKinnon (Signed with San Francisco)
McKinnon did a nice job for Minnesota, but with Dalvin Cook returning and Latavius Murray a capable backup, there was no need to bring him back, especially on starter's money.
Week 1 vs SF
Week 2 @ GB
Week 3 vs BUF
Week 4 @ LAR
Week 5 @ PHI
Week 6 vs ARI
Week 7 @ NYJ
Week 8 vs NO
Week 9 vs DET
Week 10 BYE
Week 11 @ CHI
Week 12 vs GB
Week 13 @ NE
Week 14 @ SEA
Week 15 vs MIA
Week 16 @ DET
Week 17 vs CHI
WHAT TO EXPECT
Cousins is going to need to adjust to his new team rather quickly with road trips to Green Bay, Philly, and Los Angeles in the opening five weeks. Two out of three wins in that stretch likely means a first round bye barring a collapse, but losing all three would give Green Bay a leg up in the division race. This team could win the Super Bowl as a top seed, or face a daunting NFC playoff bracket as a wild card that may need to travel to Philly and/or Los Angeles again.