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NFL Report Card: Minnesota Vikings

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!Adrian-Peterson-Minnesota-Vikings-Wallpaper1

The Vikings are a team on the rise that has serious potential to make a deep run next season. To the surprise of some, the Vikings finished with an 11-5 record and just barely missed out on he NFC North title. Adrian Peterson was back and led the league in rushing yards, yet again. Even though he was the rushing leader, Peterson had an up-and-down season. It was tough at times to see if quarterback Teddy Bridgewater improved at all this season, because he was asked to do so little. There were games where he made Alex Smith look like a passing machine! It didn’t seem like Teddy was going to win many games for the Vikings, but he wasn’t going to lose them either. When he did find success, it was often with the rookie, Stefon Diggs, who finished his first season with 52 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.Teddy-Bridgewater-Minnesota-Vikings7

This defense was a very solid group that just lacked depth. It’s great when you have talent all over the field, but you must have guys to back them up. If you don’t, you risk having nobody to fill the void when someone is injured, much like what happened to the Vikings. This team was especially vulnerable when safety Harrison Smith was out with a leg injury. Smith is the impact player for this defense, and he seems to be underrated when compared to other safeties around the league. When they had all of their guys on the field, they were easily one of the top defensive units in the league.

Final Grade: B

 

Biggest Off-Season Need?HarrisonSmith

The Vikings need depth all-around, but as far as starters go, the Vikings need to find a receiver. They relieved themselves of Mike Wallace recently, so the only real receiving threat for them is Stefon Diggs. I think they should bring in an experienced receiver, such as Anquan Boldin or James Jones, then draft another athletic, Stefon Diggs-like receiver.

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