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Key Players Returning:

QB Sam Bradford, RB Jerick McKinnon, WR Stefon Diggs, WR Adam Thielen, WR Laquon Treadwell, TE Kyle Rudolph, OG Brandon Fusco, OC Nick Easton, OG Joe Berger, OG Alex Boone, DE Everson Griffen, DE Daniel Hunter, DE Brian Robison, DT Sharrif Floyd, DT Tom Johnson, NT Linval Joseph, NT Shamar Stephen, LB Anthony Barr, LB Eric Kendricks, CB Terence Newman, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Trae Waynes, FS Harrison Smith, FS Anthony Harris, SS Andrew Sendejo, KR/PR Marcus Sherels, and PK Kai Forbath.

Key Players Departing:

RB Adrian Peterson (Saints), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Raiders), OC John Sullivan (Rams), OG Michael Harris (UFA), OT Matt Kalil (Panthers), OT Phil Loadholt (retired), LB Chad Greenway (retired), CB Captain Munnerlyn (Panthers), PK Blair Walsh (Seahawks), and PT Jeff Locke (Colts).

Key Players Added:

QB Case Keenum (Rams), RB Latavius Murray (Raiders), WR Michael Floyd (Cardinals), OT Riley Reiff (Lions), OT Mike Remmers (Panthers), and  PT Ryan Quigley (Cardinals).

2017 Draft Picks

Round 2: 
Pick 09 – RB Dalvin Cook (Florida State)
Round 3:  Pick 06 – OC Pat Elflein (Ohio State)
Round 4:  Pick 02 – DT Jaleel Johnson (Iowa)
Round 4:  Pick 14 – LB Ben Gedeon (Michigan)
Round 5:  Pick 27 – WR Rodney Adams (South Florida)
Round 5:  Pick 37 – OG Danny Isidora (Miami, FL)
Round 6:  Pick 17 – TE Bucky Hodges (Virginia Tech)
Round 7:  Pick 01 – WR Stacy Coley (Miami, FL)
Round 7:  Pick 02 – DL Ifeadi Odenigbo (Northwestern)
Round 7:  Pick 14 – LB Elijah Lee (Kansas State)
Round 7:  Pick 27 – CB Jack Tocho (North Carolina State)

2016 Results:

W01  at Tennessee Titans  W  25-16
W02  GREEN BAY PACKERS  W  17-14
W03  at Carolina Panthers  W  22-10
W04  NEW YORK GIANTS  W  24-10
W05  HOUSTON TEXANS  W  31-13
W07  at Philadelphia Eagles  L  10-21
W08  at Chicago Bears  L  10-20
W09  DETROIT LIONS  L  16-22(OT)
W10  at Washington Redskins  L  20-26
W11  ARIZONA CARDINALS  W  30-24
W12  at Detroit Lions  L  13-16
W13  DALLAS COWBOYS  L  15-17
W14  at Jacksonville Jaguars  W  25-16
W15  INDIANAPOLIS COLTS  L  6-34
W16  at Green Bay Packers  L  25-38
W17  CHICAGO BEARS  W  38-10

Team Info:

2016 Overall:  8-8 (3rd in NFC North)

Home:  5-3
Away:  3-5
North:  2-4
NFC:  5-7
AFC:  3-1

Head Coach:  Mike Zimmer

Minnesota:  26-23
Career:  26-23
Playoffs:  0-1

Returning Statistical Leaders:

Passing: 
Sam Bradford (395-552, 3877 yards, 71.6%, 7.0 avg., 20 TD, 5 INT)
Rushing:  Jerick McKinnon (159 car., 539 yards, 3.4 avg., 2 TD)
Receiving: 
Stefon Diggs (84 rec., 903 yards, 10.8 avg., 3 TD)
Yards After Catch: 
Stefon Diggs (320)
TD’s Scored: 
Kyle Rudolph (7)
Sacks: 
Danielle Hunter (12.5)
Tackles: 
Eric Kendricks (109)
Interceptions: 
Xavier Rhodes (5)
Pass Deflections: 
Xavier Rhodes/Trae Waynes (11)
Tackles For Loss: 
Eric Hendricks (6)
Forced Fumbles: 
Lindval Joseph/Brian Robison (3)
Kick Returns: 
Marcus Sherels (2 ret., 35 yards, 17.5 avg., 0 TD)
Punt Returns: 
Marcus Sherels (21 ret., 292 yards, 13.9 avg., 2 TD)
Kicking: 
Kai Forbath (15-15 fg/fga., 100%, 11-14 xp/xpa., 56 pts.)
Punting: 
None

Projected Offensive Starters:

QB:  08  Sam Bradford
RB:  25  Latavius Murray
WR:  19  Adam Thielen
WR:  14  Stefon Diggs
WR:  11  Laquon Treadwell
TE:  82  Kyle Rudolph
LT:  71  Riley Reiff
LG:  76  Alex Boone
OC:  62  Nick Eason
RG:  61  Joe Berger
RT:  72  Mike Remmers
KR:  35  Marcus Sherels
PK:  02  Kai Forbath

Projected Defensive Starters:

DE:  96  Brian Robison
NT:  98  Linval Joseph
DT:  92  Tom Johnson
DE:  97  Everson Griffen
LB:  55  Anthony Barr
LB:  54  Eric Kendricks
LB:  59  Emmanuel Lamur
CB:  30  Terence Newman
CB:  29  Xavier Rhodes
FS:  22  Harrison Smith
SS:  34  Andrew Sendejo
PR:  35  Marcus Sherels
PT:  NA  Taylor Symmank

2017 Schedule:

09/11 7:10pm  
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS  |  Minnesota leads the series 20-11.  The Vikings lost (9-20) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series home win (33-16) was in 2005.

09/17 1:00pm  at Pittsburgh Steelers  |  Minnesota leads the series 8-7.  The Vikings won (34-27) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series road win (44-24) was in 1995.

09/24 1:00pm  TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS  |  Minnesota leads the series 32-22.  The Vikings won (19-13) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series home win (20-16) was in 2001.

10/01 1:00pm  DETROIT LIONS  |  Minnesota leads the series 69-31-1.  The Vikings are 11-9 since 2007, and their last series home win (26-16) was in 2015.

10/09 8:30pm  at Chicago Bears  |  Minnesota leads the series 55-46-1.  The Vikings are 10-10 since 2007, and their last series road win (23-20) was in 2015.

10/15 1:00pm  GREEN BAY PACKERS  |  Minnesota trails the series 50-51-2.  The Vikings are 6-15 since 2007, and their last series home loss (13-20) was in 2015.

10/22 1:00pm  BALTIMORE RAVENS  |  Minnesota trails the series 2-3.  The Vikings lost (26-29) the last meeting between schools in 2013, and they won (33-31) the only series meeting at home in 2009.

10/29 9:30am  at Cleveland Browns  |  Minnesota leads the series 10-4.  The Vikings lost (27-31) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series road loss (17-23) was in 1989.

11/12 1:00pm 
at Washington Redskins  |  Minnesota trails the series 12-13.  The Vikings are 4-3 since 2007, and their last series road win (33-26) was in 2011.

11/19 1:00pm  LOS ANGELES RAMS  |  Minnesota leads the series 20-13-1.  The Vikings won (21-18) the last meeting between teams in 2015, and their last series home loss (21-41) was in 2006.

11/23 12:30pm  at Detroit Lions  |  The Vikings last series road win (28-19) was in 2015.

12/03 1:00pm  at Atlanta Falcons  |  Minnesota leads the series 18-11.  The Vikings won (20-10) the last meeting between teams in 2015, and their last series loss (14-24) was in 2011.

12/10 1:00pm  at Carolina Panthers  |  Minnesota leads the series 8-5.  The Vikings are 4-2 since 2008, and their last series road loss (7-26) was in 2009.

12/17 1:00pm  CINCINNATI BENGALS  |  The series is tied 6-6-1.  The Vikings lost (14-42) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and they haven’t lost a home game against Cincinnati.

12/23 8:30pm  at Green Bay Packers  |  The Vikings last series road win (20-13) was in 2015.

12/31 1:00pm  CHICAGO BEARS  |  The Vikings last series home loss (13-17) was in 2011.

Team Grades:

Offense

Quarterbacks:  B
Running Backs:  B
Wide Receivers:  B
Offensive Line:  C

Defense

Defensive Line:  B
Linebackers:  B
Secondary:  B

Special Teams

Kick Returners:  C
Punt Returners:  A
Kickers:  B
Punters:  C

Prediction:

Home:  6-2
Away:  2-6
North:  4-2
NFC:  6-6
AFC:  2-2

Overall:  8-8 (NFC North Champions – Eliminated in Divisional Round)


Grades:  A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Average

UFA:  Unrestricted Free Agent

Series Histories:  Histories are from the inception of the first Super Bowl season through present day.

Meetings prior to 1966 are not included.  Playoff wins are included in the year the season took place.  For example, if a team won a wildcard game in January of 2016, the game will be listed under the 2015 season.


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