Last year, the Vikings got shredded in the NFC Championship Game by the now-world championship Philadelphia Eagles, finishing the season 13-3 while handily winning the NFC North. On the plus side, they finished far better than the Sporting News predicted. They predicted that Detroit and Green Bay would both finish 11-5, with the Vikings finishing 8-8 and the Bears finishing 3-13. NFL.com predicted that the Lions would win the NFC North. It wasn’t just that they predicted this outcome.

It’s what they didn’t say, writing “Admittedly, this is a tough sell. Predicting the Lions will win a division they haven’t ever won (the NFC North was formed in 2002) already feels shaky after two sentences. Yet, there are reasons to think Detroit could pull off beating out Green Bay for the top spot. Start with addition by subtraction, as the Lions signed former Packer guard T.J. Lang in free agency. General manager Bob Quinn further bolstered the offensive line by adding tackle Ricky Wagner. Each should help running back Ameer Abdullah stay on course. Abdullah merely needs to stay healthy. This team was on its way toward winning the NFC North last year until Matthew Stafford injured his middle finger. How many teams can survive their starter hurting his throwing hand in the midst of a playoff run? No major injuries and no Hail Marys might mean an end to the days of merely sneaking into the postseason.”

They didn’t even mention the Vikings. (That’s the definition of a snub.)

Going into the 2018 season, everyone will have their eyes on the Vikings. Kirk Cousins is their starting QB. For the first time in his career, he’ll play behind a rock-solid O-Line. For the first time in his career, he’ll have a plethora of weapons to attack with. Never has he had the opportunity to throw to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and Dalvin Cook. Never has he had a running game featuring Dalvin Cook.

With this collection of weapons, though, comes high expectations. Winning the NFC North is a worthy goal but it isn’t the only expectation. Paying $84,000,000 guaranteed over 3 years gives the Vikings the reasonable expectation of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at least once in those 3 years.

4 Responses to “Kirk Cousins’ Vikings visit”

  • eric z says:

    KC could get injured. It happened to Teddy. Also, what if neither is injured and Teddy has a better year with the Jets and KC breaks the bank in a mediocre way?

    I think Josh Rosen has the best quarterback-in-the-draft potential, and the Louisville quarterback next.

    Also, the Vikings are quiet about the practice squad QB but they are protecting him from other clubs after paying him high, for a practice squad player. They may be confident that way, should KC be a bust or be hurt.

    Do you see the Vikings taking an OL or a defensive tackle in the first round of the draft, and where do you think Suh ends up? Staying put but at lower pay, back at Detroit, or doing a one year contract somewhere to prove something is still in the tank. One year did okay for Keenum. He has cashed in and could make the playoffs a second year straight.

    And last, the Vikings do not have an elite OL. Working that way, toward that goal, but you watched the same Philly game I did.

  • Gary Gross says:

    The Vikings traded for Trevor Siemian to be Cousins’ backup.

  • Chad Q says:

    Ah another Vikings fan who has already drank the KC Kool-Aid. You talk like He’s been playing for the Brown’s his entire carrier where they’ve always had squat when in reality, he’s played with some top notch receivers and RB’s. Good/great QB’s (Rodgers, Brady) will elevate the people around them but Kirk hasn’t been able to do that and he got smoked in his only playoff game. I’m not saying he can’t take the Vikings to the Super Bowl but if he doesn’t, who will Vikings fans blame next because this was supposed to be the last piece of the puzzle. Only time will tell.

  • Gary Gross says:

    You forgot to mention that Washington has consistently been one of the most dysfunctional teams in the league. Their front office has been willing to spend money but they haven’t figured out how to build a team. As for those “top-notch” RBs, that list was Alfred Morris in Morris’ rookie season. BTW, that’s the year when RG III was the NFC Rookie of the Year.

    I don’t know if Cousins will win a Super Bowl. Few QBs do. What I’m certain of, though, is that he’s a significant upgrade over Case Keenum.

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