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    Minnesota Vikings Franchise Information

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    Established:1960
    Stadium:U. S. Bank Stadium 
    Colours:Purple, white & gold 
    Hall of Famers:Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Carl Eller, Paul Krause, Steve Hutchinson, Randall McDaniel, Randy Moss, Alan Page, John Randle, Fran Tarkenton, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Yary & Gary Zimmerman
    Hall of Fame Coaches:Jim Finks (GM) & Bud Grant
    Rivals:New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears & Detroit Lions 
    Legends:Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Jim Marshall, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Korey Stringer & Bill Brown
    Retired Numbers:10, 53, 70, 77, 80 & 88 
    Conference: NFC
    Super Bowl Championships:None
    Conference Championships:4: 1969, 1973, 1974 & 1976
    2020 Record:7-9
    1st 2021 Draft Pick: #23 – Christian Darrisaw (traded from Seattle Seahawks through New York Jets)
    2021 Power Ranking:22

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    Minnesota Vikings History

    It was a very strange first few years for the Minnesota Vikings even well before they stepped foot on the pitch as the city of Minnesota were awarded an American Football League franchise, but then a group of owners decided to forfeit their AFL license. 

    Minnesota were then awarded an National Football League franchise in 1960 becoming the 14th franchise to enter the national competition, with their first season being played in the 1961 edition. 

    Norm Van Brocklin became the first coach of the Vikings as he led the team from 1961 to 1966, but the Vikings didn’t have the pernerial success they had in the 70s as Brocklin could only manage 29 wins over his five years at the franchise. 

    However, one of the shining lights in Van Brocklin’s career at the Vikings was the introduction of future Hall of Famer Fran Tankerton. Tankerton who was picked by the Vikings in the NFL third round with pick no. 29 made an outstanding debut in 1961 against the Chicago Bears. 

    Having come off the bench he threw four touchdown passes and collected the ball from kickoff to give the Vikings their fifth score of the day as they defeated the Chicago Bears 37-3. A quarter of a century later in 1986 Tanketon became the first Minnesota Vikings player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

    The Vikings then hired Bud Grant who coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from the Canadian Football League, ahead of the 1967 season. Grant coached the Vikings from 1967-1983 and then had a second stint with the franchise in 1985. 

    Grant became one of the finest coaches the Vikings had seen as he coached the team for 243 games (throughout two stints), coaching them to 161 wins and 99 losses. He also led the team one of their most successful periods without getting the reward.

    Arguably one of the most successful periods in Vikings history was early in the Super Bowl era as the Vikings made four Super Bowl appearances in 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1976 without getting their hands on the NFL’s most prized possession, the Vince Lombardi trophy. 

    Despite not claiming the biggest prize in the NFL, the Vikings still had a very good season in those years as they claimed the NFL championship in 1969, and National Football Conference championships in 1973, 1974 and 1976. 

    The last few years under Grant’s first stint at the Vikings saw them make the playoffs four more times as they made the conference championship in 1977 (losing to eventual Super Bowl XII winners Dallas Cowboys), divisional round in 1978 and divisional round in 1980. 

    When Grant returned for his second stint in 1985 he couldn’t help the franchise to a winning season as he took the Vikings to a 9-7 record, overcoming a 3-13 record the year previously. It turned out that 1985 would be his last season in charge as he retired after the season, the Vikings then hired Jerry Burns who coached the side from 1986 to 1991. 

    Burns led the team to their first playoff appearance in 1987 ending a four year drought without playoff action. However, 1987 would be the closest the Vikings would come to a Super Bowl appearance under Burns as they lost the conference championship against Washington. 

    The next few years under Burns saw the Vikings make the playoffs back-to-back when they made it to the divisional rounds in 1988 and 1989. The next decade under Dennis Green saw the Vikings as post season regulars between 1992 and 2002. During that time they missed the playoffs just three times in 1995, 2001 and 2002. 

    Under Green’s tenure at the Vikings the closest they came to a SuperBowl was when they made the Conference championship game in 1998 when they fell to Atlanta Falcons and in 2000 where they lost to the New York Giants. 

    The Vikings didn’t have the postseason success they saw in the 90s and from 2001 to 2010, they only made the playoffs three times, as once again in 2009 they crashed out of the conference championship game this time going down to the New Orleans Saints. 

    By the turn of the 2010s Leslie Frazier was in charge of the team, despite his second year in charge where the Vikings won three games, they responded the next year by making the playoffs again, but that would be the most he got out of the squad as the 2013 season would be his last. 

    By 2014 the Vikings then looked to Mike Zimmer who took over as coach. Despite making the postseason in his second season with the franchise (where they lost to Seattle Seahawks in a wildcard playoff), he didn’t waste any time as by 2017 he led the team to a 13-3 record finishing first in the NFC North. 

    The Vikings managed a win against the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoffs, but once again fell a game short of the Super Bowl as they were crushed by 31 points from the Philadelphia Eagles in the conference championship game. 

    Last season could be deemed a success as the Vikings finished second in the NFC North with a 10-6 record (missed the first place finish by three wins) which earned them another postseason spot. They managed to defeat the New Orleans Saints in the wildcard round but they couldn’t better themselves when it came to the divisional playoffs as they fell to San Francisco 28-23. 

    In what was their 60th season in the NFL, the Vikings started 2020 with just one win from their first six games, limping into their Week 7 bye with a 1-5 record.

    Following their bye week, Minnesota began to cook on offense as Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson led the Vikings back to a respectable to a 6-6 record after Week 13.

    However, a three game losing streak between Week 14 and Week 16 resulted in Minnesota ultimately finish with their worst record since 2014, 7-9, missing the playoffs for the second time in three years.

    Expert 2021 / 2022 Picks & Preview on Minnesota Vikings

    After a disappointing season that saw the Vikings go 7-9, the Vikings look to return to the playoffs. If they fail to make the necessary changes and make playoffs, there are big changes ahead. Although they were ravaged by injury and poor special teams play last season, the Vikings have failed to break through despite the team’s good roster in previous year. Now Mike Zimemr seems to be in the hot seat, and the question is whether or not this team can return to contention.

    Front Office

    The Vikings defense has slipped in recent years and this is despite having the defensive minded Mike Zimmer as head coach. Zimmer has been an above average head coach for the Vikings but has failed to win in the postseason with a 2-3 record in 6 seasons as head coach. Zimmer was a quarterback in college but became a coach after his college career.

    He started as a defensive assistant in college in 1979 and worked his way into the NFL as a defensive assistant for the Cowboys in 1994. He eventually worked his way into the defensive coordinator role at the Cowboys, then the Falcons and Bengals before landing his current job as head coach of the Vikings.

    During Zimmer’s tenure, the Vikings have had good defenses for the most part and relied on a strong running game to propel the offense. However, last season the Vikings lost key pieces to free agency and injury leading them to slide.

    This offseason the Vikings spent a lot to fix their defense. They added Dalvin Tomlinson, Michael Pierce and Patrick Peterson to their defense through free agency splashing relatively big money. Dalvin Tomlinson will have a big impact for the Vikings’ interior defensive line and should lead the unit to make a complete transformation.

    Patrick Peterson has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and provided that age doesn’t catch up, he should have a huge impact. The Vikings also went and drafted Christian Darrisaw in the first round and Wyatt Davis in the third round to strengthen their offensive line. This busy offseason has made the Vikings definitively better on paper, and combined with good coaching the Vikings look to have all the talent needed to get to the playoffs once again.

    Offense

    Offensively, the Vikings were actually quite good last season despite the inconsistent play of Kirk Cousins. The team finished 4th in the league in yards per game and boosted the league’s 5th best rushing attack. Despite this, the Vikings were 11th in points per game.

    With the Vikings core returning this season, the Vikings should remain as good as last year and field a top 10 offensive unit. The strength of this offense is Dalvin Cook. As long as Cook stays healthy, the Vikings should be able to lean on his talent both running and catching the ball to carry the offensive load.

    The Vikings’ air attack is also quite good with All Pro Adam Thielen and All Pro Justin Jefferson at wide receiver. As long as Kirk Cousins can pass the ball accurately, these two should catch the ball and make big plays. Although he has been inconsistent, often failing to make the big throws, Cousins has put up big numbers in his time with the Vikings and should do the same this season.

    The biggest weakness for this Vikings offense is their bottom half offensive line. This group ranked 26th in PFF’s offensive line rankings. The unit has seemed to get better with the additions of Darrisaw and Davis in the first 3 rounds of the draft, but these rookies will likely face growing pains.

    The offensive line’s overall play and performance depends almost entirely on 2 rookies and the second year Erza Cleveland. If the offensive line can give Kirk Cousins a clean pocket, this Vikings offense will continue to be a top 10 unit, however the limitations of Cousins may hold the Vikings back from a deep playoff run.

    Defense

    The Vikings’ defense struggled mightily in 2020, allowing the 6th most total yards, 8th most passing yards and the 6th most rushing yards in the league. This unit was downright bad. However, a quick transformation will likely occur this season with the Vikings returning to form. Last season the Vikings lost 2 of their best defenders, Danielle Hunter and Anthony Barr.

    They also had most of their core leave with Everson Griffen, Traye Waynes and Xavier Rhodes leaving in free agency. This left the unit devoid of the talent that made them a top defense. The Vikings have 9 new starters on defense this year compared to 2020 so there should be a major difference in the defense’s play.

    This season with Hunter and Barr returning, Michael Pierce returning and the signing of Patrick Peterson this unit should go from the 6th worst in the league to potentially a top 5 defense with Zimmer calling the plays. If Peterson can play to his full potential and the rest of the Vikings defense returns to form, this defense may surprise a lot of people and cause problems for opposing teams.

    This defense has great talent on all three levels and has been successfully reloaded this offseason. We may see the Vikings once again become a defense first team like they were in their previous years. By taking the pressure off Cousins with a strong defense and powerful running game, the Vikings may actually be good enough to challenge the Packers for the NFC North.

    Minnesota Vikings Betting & Odds History

    The Minnesota Vikings finished the 2020 season with a 7-9 record in the regular season.

    Having won just one of their first six games and only one of their last four games, it is fair to say that Minnesota was one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL last season and their record against the spread is evidence of that. The Vikings had a 6-10 ATS record last year, the equal second worst in the league

    Contrastingly, Minnesota were one of the best teams to bet on when looking at total points last season. The Vikings had an 11-5 over-under record in 2020, making them the second most reliable team in the league to cover their over. 

    Minnesota opened with odds of +5000 to win Super Bowl LVI.

    Minnesota Vikings FAQ

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    Where do the Minnesota Vikings play?

    The Minnesota Vikings play their home games at the U. S. Bank stadium. 

    Who owns the Minnesota Vikings?

    Stephen M. Ross owns the Minnesota Vikings.

    Has the Minnesota Vikings won an NFL Super Bowl?

    The Minnesota Vikings have won two Super Bowls.

    Who is the Minnesota Vikings coach?

    Mike Zimmer is the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

    Do the Minnesota Vikings play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Minnesota Vikings are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Minnesota Vikings games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Minnesota Vikings record?

    The Minnesota Vikings finished the 2020 season with a 7-9 record.

    Did the Minnesota Vikings win last night?

    Fans of the Minnesota Vikings are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much is the Minnesota Vikings worth?

    According to Forbes magazine, the Minnesota Vikings are worth $2.95 billion.

    Who do the Minnesota Vikings play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NFL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Minnesota Vikings play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch Minnesota Vikings games?

    You can watch the Minnesota Vikings on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on Vikings.com. You can also stream Vikings games on the Vikings app, Yahoo sports app, CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.

    Will the Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs this year?

    The Minnesota Vikings did not make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 7-9 record, third in the NFC North and ninth in the NFC.

    When do the Minnesota Vikings play?

    Minnesota Vikings fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here as SportsTips we list all the information you need like the kick off time, location of the game and the all important NFL odds.

    When is the next Minnesota Vikings game? 

    For more details on the next Minnesota Vikings game, check above on the page, we include all the details there.

    Where did the Minnesota Vikings finish the season?

    The Minnesota Vikings finished third in the NFC North standings and ninth in the NFC. 

    How many games did the Minnesota Vikings win?

    The Minnesota Vikings won seven games in the 2020 NFL season.