The Minnesota Vikings began gaining some national honors this week when ESPN released its 2022 Football Power Ranking Index. Minnesota was 13th.
Prior to that, the Vikings were generally regarded by pundits and media entities as the 22nd-best team in football to move to 2022, an uninterrupted power-ranking classification for a team in the eighth consecutive season for the “All in” Super Bowl Steak.
More along ESPN’s FPI sentiment line, NBC Sports’ Peter King, who writes a weekly NFL column, called the Vikings on Monday, “a team that is a hidden threat to go deeper into the playoffs.”
In the same column, King proposed an in-depth review of the Vikings’ new general manager, Wessey Adopho-Mensah’s division, trade with enemies in the April draft. He applauded the steps taken by Jameson Williams (DET) and Christian Watson (GB) cautiously saying that Adofo-Mensah would regret the trade if they became stars. Minnesota, on the other hand, has acquired Lewis Cine, Andrew Booth, Ed Ingram and Brian Asamoah through transactions. “If three of these four players become valuable starters in the next four to five years, it’s a win for Minnesota,” King commented.
In the words of the “accidental threat,” some national scholars have given the Vikings such approval. Overall, NFL Body Politics believes the Vikings will end up around 8-9 or 9-8, forcing them to self-assess the same isle next spring.
But King is the biggest, suggesting the Vikings have a desire to dig deeper into the tunnel later in the season.
That forecast will quickly rely on new depth chart gels – and exactly how work-ready Kevin O’Connell adapts to his inaugural salvo.
As Minnesota did in 2021, the franchise must remove the late-half defensive meldown, keep Kirk cousins straight in their pockets, and avoid prolonged proliferation of vanilla invasive plucking. This is the blueprint. And these corrective measures are essentially coaching hints, which is why the Vikings have hired a new captain this offseason and called it “good.”
Vegas Sportsbooks predict the 2022 Vikings will be an eight or nine winning team.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).