December 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver KJ Osborne. Compulsory Credit: Brace Hemelgarn – USA Today Sports.
The views of the 2022 Minnesota Vikings from Birdsy View are changing around the country, at least in crime.
Last week, Jason La Canfora chose Minnesota to win the NFC North in 2022, a bold prediction as the Green Bay Packers have held a tight grip on the division for five years. Although more predictions will be made this summer, La Canfora is the first significant figure to predict a division crown for the Vikings.
Also last week, ESPN’s Kevin Sefert announced that the Vikings would rise to the playoffs. The choice was not as bold as La Canfora but, you know, baby step. Since then, ESPN has released its annual Football Power Index rankings where the Vikings are suddenly ranked 13th-best team in football – with 9th-best offense. Numbers are not involved in most power rankings, at the moment, classifying Minnesota as the 21st or 22nd-best team in the NFL.
Then, analyst Dan Orlovsky did his job, pushing the table for a Vikings playoff berth like Sefert.
And on Wednesday, Cynthia Freund, a famous Green Bay Packers enthusiast from NFL.com, called the Vikings’ offense the 10th best in the country. “Kevin O’Connell’s style fit with the Minnesota staff will help mask an offensive line that allowed for the second-highest pressure rate last season,” said Freeland Vikings, the new head coach.
Why is all this significant? Well, the way the public understands the Vikings is changing.
It wasn’t too long ago – like three weeks – that people were scolding the new general manager for trading with the Lions and Packers. When the dust settled into the turmoil of that moment, the cold head decided, “Well, this team might not be half-bad.”
One by one, pundits at all levels of the media predict that the 2022 Vikings will be a strong ball club. Not even a month ago. Just the latest to join the Freeland party.
Interestingly, he considers the New Orleans Saints a top 10 offense, even putting Dennis Allen’s offense one place ahead of Minnesota.
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