2014 Offense: 20.3 PTS/G (20th)
2014 Defense: 21.4 PTS/G (11th)
Key Additions: Adrian Peterson (RB/Suspension), Mike Wallace (WR), Terence Newman (CB)
Key Losses: Greg Jennings (WR), Jasper Brinkley (LB), Charlie Johnson (OG), Phil Loadholt (OT/Injured)
Top Three Draft Picks: Trae Waynes (CB), Eric Kendricks (LB), Danielle Hunter (DE)
The Vikings have the talent to make a playoff run, especially with the return of the child abusing All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. Whether they reach the playoffs will depend on how much Teddy Bridgewater improves in his second year. Minnesota doesn’t have the best group of receivers but a good quarterback puts points on the board regardless.
The defense should be good with Mike Zimmer as head coach. Their top two draft picks are defenders including last year’s number one pick’s former college roommate, Eric Kendricks. The young linebackers, Anthony Barr and Kendricks, could make for a special unit in Minnesota. Again, their playoff hopes rest on the success of Teddy Bridgewater.