The NFC North will have a lot of parity in 2020, but the Minnesota Vikings have the talent and experience to win the division.
When the 2020 regular season begins it’s totally possible that the NFC North will be one of the most hotly-contested divisions in the entire NFL. There’s a cogent argument to be made that any of the four teams eligible could emerge victorious. The Vikings are the team that will fundamentally stave off the competition and be the division champs.
Mike Zimmer’s team undoubtedly has the mix of youth and veterans required to win double-digit games. Losing Stefon Diggs removes one of the offense’s most dangerous weapons, but it also eliminates a locker room distraction. Minnesota is counting on the subtraction of drama to simply help them over come the loss in on-field talent.
The Vikings aren’t going to try to escape with the division, nevertheless they are going to finish the season on top of the pile. Here are five reasons why Minnesota will triumph in the NFC North.
5. Their young corners will strengthen the defense
Mike Hughes did an extremely good job on one side of the field for Zimmer’s defense in 2019, but there have been significant problems at the other cornerback spot. That’s why the Vikings spent a first round pick on Jeff Gladney to seize that starting position. He might endure some struggles early in the season, but that he should emerge as a good starter sooner, rather than later.
Grabbing Cameron Dantzler in Round 3 could turn out to be a straight better selection. He’s got the size and length to become a playmaker in the secondary. He’s not as prepared to contribute straight away as Gladney, but he’s got a go to become a better pro in the long term. The boost of rookie talent at corner will probably pay big dividends for the Vikings this season and for years in the future.