Minnesota Vikings: Three Reasons to Be Optimistic For 2021

Despite missing the playoffs this season and finishing with a 7-9 record, the Minnesota Vikings should feel somewhat optimistic for the 2021 season.

In the grand scheme of things Minnie has some nice young players to work with and the NFC North isn’t loaded with unbeatable foes.

Mike Zimmer and the Vikings can make the playoffs next year, but they will need to make a few upgrades on both sides of the football.

There are no promises, but if Minnesota can find their future franchise starting QB in the 2021 NFL Draft, then maybe the playoffs won’t become a distant memory.

Let’s examine the three reasons why the Vikings should get excited about the 2021 regular season.

Offensive Weapons

No Kirk Cousins is not the answer at quarterback for the Vikings.

However, Minnesota fans can smile knowing that Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson will be donning the purple and gold for years to come.

Cook, 25, inked a five-year extension before the 2020 season began and Jefferson was taken in the 2020 draft.

Cook ran for 16 touchdowns and 1,557 yards on 312 carries.

Meanwhile, Jefferson tallied 88 catches for 1,400 yards and seven TDs.

The Minnesota Vikings also have receiver Adam Thielen under contract until 2025.

If the Vikes can find the right guy at quarterback then maybe their offense will skyrocket into something scary.

Good for Gladney

Jeff Gladney was one of the few highlights on the Minnesota defense this season.

The former TCU Hornfrog had 78 total tackles with seven of them being for a loss.

Eric Wilson led the Vikings in tackles with 115, but he is a free agent this offseason.

Wilson posted three sacks and Ifeadi Odenigbo had 3.5 sacks.

Minnie struggled to hit the QB in 2020 and overall the defense was hard to watch.

The Vikings were one of the worst in rush and pass yards allowed. They also allowed 29.3 points per game this season.

I don’t know where exactly the Vikings should start their defensive rebuild, but their D shouldn’t be worse than what it was this season.

Battle-Tested

If the Minnesota Vikings want to feel as though they belong in the playoff discussion next season, they will need to prove it.

Luckily, for the Vikings, they will face the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and the rest of the AFC North in 2021.

Minnesota will also battle the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals.

The San Francisco 49ers should be pretty healthy next year and you would think they would try to replace Jimmy Garoppolo.

Regardless, I think the Vikings need to be battle-tested so that they can become a playoff-caliber football team.

Kirk Cousins has to rise up and help the Vikings make noise.

The Michigan State product won’t be a free agent until 2023.

It’s important for Cousins to end his Vikings’ tenure with some flare.

Final Note

The Minnesota Vikings have their work cut out for them in 2021, but they should be in line for a playoff spot.

They may not reach the postseason, but if they play their cards right and utilize their talent they can compete with anyone in the NFC.

Do you believe the Minnesota Vikings will make the 2022 postseason? Leave a comment below.

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