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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Minnesota Vikings - 2015 Projections

Minnesota Vikings

Overall Outlook
Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner have a few good things going right now in Minnesota. They've got Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson on offense along with Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith on defense, all of whom are game changing players. If the wide receiving core can take a step forward in 2015, we see the Vikings contending for a playoff spot this year.

Offseason Moves
Key additions: RB DuJuan Harris, WR Mike Wallace, ILB Casey Matthews, CB Terence Newman, S Taylor Mays
Key losses: QB Matt Cassel, QB Christian Ponder, FB Jerome Felton, WR Greg Jennings, G Charlie Johnson, G Vladimir Ducasse, DE Corey Wootton, ILB Jasper Brinkley

Offensive Outlook
There are a bunch of intriguing situations on the Vikings offense.  Can Peterson carry the load after a year off?  Will Teddy Bridgewater continue to improve?  Can Kyle Rudolph stay healthy?  And will Mike Wallace and/or Charles Johnson work out as Vikings? Our thoughts are that Peterson will be very good, Bridgewater will play fin, Rudolph will finish the season after missing a few weeks midseason , and Johnson will be a top 25 WR while Wallace has an OK year.

Projections - 2015
QB - Teddy Bridgewater - Passing - 3450  yds / 22 tds  Rushing - 250 yds / 2 tds
RB1 - Adrian Peterson - Rushing - 1500 yds / 12 tds  Receiving - 40 recs / 275 yds / 2 tds
RB2 - Jerick McKinnon - Rushing - 300 yds / 1 td  Receiving - 20 recs / 150 yds / 0 tds
WR1 - Charles Johnson - Receiving - 75 recs / 1000 yds / 8 tds
WR2 - Mike Wallace - Receiving - 65 recs / 875 yds / 5 tds
WR3 - Jarius Wright - Receiving - 30 recs / 450 yds / 3 tds
TE1 - Kyle Rudolph - Receiving - 50 recs / 525 yds / 4 tds

Defensive Outlook
The Vikings defensive overhaul of 2014 worked well as the unit finished 14th in yards allowed and 11th in points allowed. Veterans Jared Allen, Letroy Guion, and  Kevin Williams were replaced by Sharrif Floyd, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Brian Robison and now in the 2015 offseason, the team brought in Terence Newman and drafted Trae Waynes to help in the secondary. For IDP, look to Griffen and Harrison Smith to produce some top numbers at their respective positions.

Projections - 2015
DE1 - Everson Griffen - 50 total Ts / 11 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
DE2 - Brian Robison - 40 total Ts / 6 sacks / 1 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DT1 - Sharrif Floyd - 50 total Ts / 4 sacks / 1 pass defensed / 1 total TO
DT2 - Linval Joseph - 45 total Ts / 3 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 1 total TO
OLB1 - Anthony Barr - 100 total Ts / 7 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
OLB2 - Chad Greenway -  75 total Ts / 2 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
MLB - Eric Kendricks - 100 total Ts / 2 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
CB1 - Xavier Rhodes - 60 total Ts / 0 sacks / 12 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
CB2 - Terence Newman - 55  total Ts / 0 sacks / 14 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
S1 - Harrison Smith - 115 total Ts / 1 sack / 8 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
S2 - Robert Blanton -  100 total Ts / 0 sacks / 5 passes defensed / 4 total TOs

Schedule

See HERE for schedule analysis.
http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/schedule/_/name/min/minnesota-vikings

Depth Charts
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PosNoPlayer 1NoPlayer 2NoPlayer 3NoPlayer 4NoPlayer 5
Offense
LWR12Johnson, Charles P/Cle19Thielen, Adam CF1314Diggs, Stefon 15/52Foster, Donte CF1489Whalen, Ryan SF15
RWR11Wallace, Mike T/Mia84Patterson, Cordarrelle 13/117Wright, Jarius 12/415Fruechte, Isaac CF15 
LT75Kalil, Matt 12/1 69Aiyegbusi, Babatunde SF15  
LG63Fusco, Brandon 11/666Yankey, David 14/567Kerin, Zac CF1464Vardaro, Bobby CF15 
C65SULLIVAN, JOHN 08/661BERGER, JOE U/Dal59Farniok, Tom CF15  
RG79Harris, Michael W/SD72Thompson, Tyrus 15/676Faciane, Isame CF14  
RT68Clemmings, TJ 15/474Shepherd, Austin 15/7   
TE82Rudolph, Kyle 11/285Ellison, Rhett 12/483Pruitt, MyCole 15/586Ford, Chase SF12 
QB5Bridgewater, Teddy 14/113HILL, SHAUN U/SL6Heinicke, Taylor CF154Kafka, Mike SF15 
FB48Line, Zach CF1349Renaud, Blake CF15   
RB28PETERSON, ADRIAN 07/131McKinnon, Jerick 14/344Asiata, Matt CF1143Williams, Dominique SF1420Harris, DuJuan U/GB
Defense
LDE96ROBISON, BRIAN 07/495Crichton, Scott 14/378Mackey, Leon SF15  
NT98Joseph, Linval U/NYG93Stephen, Shamar 14/762Anunoby, Chigbo SF15  
DT73Floyd, Sharrif 13/192JOHNSON, TOM SF1490Dubose, BJ 15/669Hickman, Greg CF15 
RDE97Griffen, Everson 10/494Trattou, Justin W/NYG99Hunter, Danielle 15/3  
SLB55Barr, Anthony 14/150Hodges, Gerald 13/440Robinson, Edmond 15/7  
MLB57Cole, Audie 12/754Kendricks, Eric 15/256Mauti, Michael 13/7  
WLB52GREENWAY, CHAD 06/158Watts, Brandon 14/745Peters, Brian SF15  
LCB30NEWMAN, TERENCE U/Cin26Waynes, Trae 15/133Thomas, Josh SF15  
SS36Blanton, Robert 12/534Sendejo, Andrew SF1441Harris, Anthony CF15  
FS22Smith, Harrison 12/132Exum, Antone 14/627Prater, Shaun W/Phi  
RCB29Rhodes, Xavier 13/124Munnerlyn, Captain U/Car25Price, Jabari SUS/235Sherels, Marcus CF10 
N-B35Sherels, Marcus CF10    
Special Teams
P18Locke, Jeff 13/5    
PK3Walsh, Blair 12/6    
LS47McDermott, Kevin SF15    
H18Locke, Jeff 13/5    
PR35Sherels, Marcus CF1017Wright, Jarius 12/4   
KR84Patterson, Cordarrelle 13/135Sherels, Marcus CF10   
Reserves
RES59Matthews, Casey IR71Loadholt, Phil IR8Lutman, Gavin IR21Robinson, Josh PUP

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