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The Sporting News got a little aggressive with the records, projecting the Vikings to finish second in the NFC North with a 12-4 record a game behind the 13-3 Packers.Antonio Brown Jersey The Vikings were projected to be the fifth seed that would meet the 11-5 Giants in the wild card round. Green Bay would get the No.Ndamukong Suh Jersey 1 seed and either Carolina (13-3) or Seattle (13-3) will receive No. 2 seed and the other will host 11-5 Arizona.Ezekiel Elliott Jersey It's hard to imagine there would be such a huge separation between the haves and have nots of the 2016 NFC, but they clearly respect the Vikings' chances.Su'a Cravens Jersey
Of the 2016 Vikings, TSN wrote,Michael Thomas Jersey pThe Vikings loaded up for Teddy Bridgewater and Mike Zimmer on top of what was already working on both sides of the ball as their run blocking, run defense and pass coverage all got better.Carson Wentz Jersey A more complete team on the rise, they should return to the NFC playoffs while also making the Packers sweat.Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey"
PFW wasn't quite as gaudy with the win totals in the NFC, but still projected the Vikings to make the playoffs as the No.Terrell Suggs Jersey 6 seed with a 9-7 record. The division winners picked are Dallas (10-6),Kam Chancellor Jersey Green Bay (11-5), Carolina (11-5) and Seattle (12-4). The Vikings would play either Green Bay or Carolina in the first round. Seattle is projected to advance to the Super Bowl and lose to the Patriots.
While much of the predicting that gets done is based on last year's numbers a year ago, just about everyone was picking the Vikings third or fourth in the NFC North. Zimmer had some good things going, but there were questions as to whether Peterson could get the job done and if the young Vikings defense was ready to step up.
If the Vikings make the strides they're convinced they're going to, maybe next year Minnesota will be a trendy pick to make the run to win the Super Bowl that has eluded them for 40 years.