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There were times last season when a quarterback controversy brewed in Minnesota. Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater were coming back from injury, while the backup, Case Keenum, was having a career year. Guide to watch NFL football Minnesota Vikings live stream online, news, rankings, photos, more on NFL TV Pass.
We’ll never know what would have happened if either Bradford or Bridgewater came back in top form.
What we do know is the Vikings jettisoned all three from their roster and threw every dollar they could find into landing Kirk Cousins for the foreseeable future. Cousins has to be thrilled to play for a team with proven receivers and a running game.
This is how we see the Minnesota Vikings’ 2018 season unfolding, game-by-game:
Week 1: 49ers (0-0) at Vikings (0-0)
Jimmy Garoppolo’s undefeated stretch at the end of last season has 49ers fans thinking big thoughts about 2018. Vegas is taking bets on when the streak ends.
It ends here. Garoppolo might be good, but his team is a work in progress. Minnesota will show the young team from California exactly what a championship-caliber team looks like, even while they break in a new quarterback. (Vikings 28-14)
Week 2: Vikings (1-0) at Packers (0-1)
Aaron Rodgers is excited about his third-place schedule and a pair of perfectly-placed clavicles. He also predicts the Packers to capture the NFC North and play in the Super Bowl.
He holds up his end of the bargain, but Cousins does just a little more against the Packer defense. Green Bay will have a good season if they can get over this little setback. (Minnesota 24-21)
Week 3: Bills (0-2) at Vikings (2-0)
Buffalo surprised everyone last season with a second-place finish and a wild-card berth. Their reward is a brutal first-half schedule that starts with three of their fellow 2017 playoff teams.
Minnesota shows Buffalo what can happen when your team picks up the right quarterback. Cousins has his third consecutive multi-touchdown day for the Vikings. (Vikings 27-6)
Week 4: Vikings (3-0) at Rams (2-1)
Jared Goff’s Rams were surprised by John Gruden’s Raiders on opening weekend, but are feeling good after out-scoring the powerful offense of the LA Chargers.
This game comes down to the defenses. The Rams’ unit is good. But Minnesota is better on this day. Minnesota shows it can win the low scoring affairs, too. (Vikings 19-16)
Week 5: Vikings (4-0) at Eagles (4-0)
Pundits speculate how many points these two offenses might put on the board in Week 5. But this is a battle between the top two defenses in the NFC. Smart money takes the under.
Both quarterbacks have trouble finding receivers. Both running games get bottled up. It comes down to kickers, which means Kai Forbath gets to put away his former team and their new rookie kicker with a game only a kicker would dream about. (Eagles 18-16)
Week 6: Cardinals (2-3) at Vikings (4-1)
Rookie Josh Rosen is going to be a good quarterback soon. Sam Bradford and coach Sam Wilks keep telling us this. Someday, he might have a team with more weapons than a receiver about to retire.
Today, Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback. He has too many weapons for the Cardinals defense to corral. Minnesota gets back on a winning track. (Vikings 28-10)
Week 7: Vikings (5-1) at Jets (2-4)
New York’s offense is coming together with veteran Josh McCown at the helm. After two wins, they face their biggest test of the season.
The Jets have never been good at tests. Cousins lets Dalvin Cook carry most of the load and the Vikings defense makes that load pretty light. The Vikings cruise against the Jets. (Vikings 27-16)
Week 8: Saints (5-1) at Vikings (6-1)
Primetime seems like a good time for these two one-loss teams to square off. Only an upset loss at the hands of the Giants blemishes the mark of Drew Brees and his two-punch running game.
Minnesota’s defense comes into New Orleans looking for a challenge. The Saints regret accepting it as the Vikings completely shut down every running and passing lane. New Orleans’ only touchdown comes on a late special teams play. (Vikings 23-13)
Week 9: Lions (5-2) at Vikings (7-1)
Matt Stafford is having another fine season for Detroit. The Lions wander into Minnesota with a three-game winning streak and the air of a playoff team.
Facing a defense like the Vikings’ away from the cozy confines of their domed AT&T Stadium is not how fine seasons keep rolling. Kirk Cousins discovers this quarterbacking thing is easier when you keep getting the ball on a short field. (Vikings 28-10)
Week 10: The Vikings are on their bye week.
Week 11: Vikings (8-1) at Bears (5-4)
Life is tough when you are in the same division as three perennial playoff teams. Chicago is an improved franchise, but they have to take the next step if they want to pass the Lions, Packers, or Vikings in the standings.
The Bears’ defense is winning games for their young quarterback. But they can’t do enough to ward off the potent attack of the Vikings. (Vikings 20-13)
Week 12: Packers (7-3) at Vikings (9-1)
Minnesota proved too much for the Packers in Week 2. This time, Aaron Rodgers comes in angered by an upset defeat to the undermanned Seahawks. Come to think of it, he is still pretty ticked about the Vikings beating him, too.
Cousins runs an efficient attack against the Packers. As usual, the Vikings’ defense plays fast and strong. In a classic Aaron Rogers style, the Packers’ quarterback bounces off and escapes time and again while finding receivers at just the right spots. Revenge is Rodgers’ today. (Packers 28-20)
Week 13: Vikings (9-2) at Patriots (8-3)
Winning games in New England is not easy, even for a powerful team like Minnesota’s. When sportswriters and fans refer to the game as a Super Bowl preview, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are going to treat it like a Super Bowl.
Minnesota’s defense is confused by new twists to established Patriots plays. Brady uses misdirection and goes to third options right away to keep the Vikings on their heels. The result is a Patriots masterpiece. (Patriots 33-20)
Week 14: Vikings (9-3) at Seahawks (3-9)
Seattle’s season has crashed around them in a series of injuries and offseason retirements. Russell Wilson keeps them dangerous, but after six straight losses, it is harder to rouse his teammates.
Minnesota knows that unusual things can happen in a Monday Night game. Like a team whose season is over can rise up and surprise a potential Super Bowl participant. Seattle’s no-name defense gets the job done tonight. (Seahawks 20-16)
Week 15: Dolphins (4-9) at Vikings (9-4)
Miami comes in on a seven-game losing streak and doesn’t appear to be interested in facing the Minnesota defense. But after last week’s shocker in Seattle, the Vikings take no chances.
Kirk Cousins comes out firing for multiple touchdowns and the defense throws a shutout in a get-better game for Minnesota. (Vikings 30-0)
Week 16: Vikings (10-4) at Lions (8-6)
Minnesota’s recent slump allowed the Packers to catch the defending division champions at 10-4. Detroit is two games behind and would need a miracle to catch either or both of the leaders. But the Lions also know a wild-card is there for the taking if they can run the table.
Cousins and Dalvin Cook lead the Vikings to a late-game lead. Everything appears to be in control until Matt Stafford realizes it’s the fourth quarter… and the Lions are losing… and he’s Matt Stafford, king of the fourth-quarter comeback! After two furious offensive series, Detroit’s second extra point in the final minutes crushes the Vikings title hopes. (Lions 28-27)
Week 17: Bears (7-8) at Vikings (10-5)
Minnesota faces a must-win scenario to have any chance at the division title and a first-week bye. Detroit promises to go all out against the 11-4 Packers in search of a wild-card slot.
But Chicago isn’t about to roll over and let Minnesota get their win. 8-8 won’t get them a post-season berth, but it is quite an accomplishment for the NFC North also-rans. The Bears’ defense does everything they can to give their offense a chance. But in the end, the Vikings defense wins out. (Vikings 17-14)
What happens next?
Matt Stafford has a chance to pull out another fourth-quarter victory against the Packers, but it’s not as easy in the frozen confines of Lambeau Field. The Packers take the title and home-field advantage through the playoffs. Minnesota has to travel to Los Angeles for a wild-card game against the 10-6 Rams.
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