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NFL Update: The Minnesota Vikings 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings' fans can only hope for baby steps in 2014

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2013 Season Recap: After sneaking into the playoffs in 2012, the Minnesota Vikings finished 5-10-1 last season, which is probably a better indication of the talent level of this team. The Vikings offense struggled due to not having a reliable quarterback and the secondary ranked 31st in the league by allowing 287.2 passing yards per game. The Vikings have missed the playoffs three of the last four years and that likely won’t change until they find their quarterback.

Key Losses: It doesn’t get any bigger than losing Jared Allen on the defensive line. Allen spent his last six seasons with the Vikings and has 128.5 sacks, 30 forced fumbles and 443 tackles in his 10-year NFL career. Even at the age of 32, he will be missed a great deal. The Vikings also lost cornerback Chris Cook, who had his best season last year with 41 tackles and two pass deflections.

NFL Update: The Minnesota Vikings 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

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Key Additions: In an effort to patch their secondary, the Vikings signed Captain Munnerlyn, who has had two interceptions in each of his last two seasons and returned all four for touchdowns. Munnerlyn played all five of his seasons with the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings also claimed outside linebacker Terrell Manning off waivers from San Diego.

Draft: I absolutely love the Vikings first two picks in linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Barr is an athletic freak who can help fill the void of losing Allen, while Bridgewater has the potential to be that quarterback Minnesota has been searching for. I thought Bridgewater was the best QB in the draft. The Vikings also got a steal in cornerback Antone Exum, who would have went higher if it weren’t for injuries.

2014 Outlook, So Far: This season will tell us a lot about the Vikings. Are they the team that made a playoff run in 2012, or are they the bottom of the barrel team that shows up only half the time? The Vikings will always have a chance to make some noise with Adrian Peterson leading the way, but it’s going to take more than that for the Vikings to move up in a brutal NFC North. If Bridgewater can win the starting job in camp and have a solid rookie season, the Vikings could be a .500 team this season. That’s a big if, however.

2014 Schedule:

Sept. 7 at St. Louis Rams, 1

Sept. 14 New England Patriots, 1

Sept. 21 at New Orleans Saints, 1

Sept. 28 Atlanta Falcons, 4:25

Oct. 2 at Green Bay Packers (Thu), 8:25

Oct. 12 Detroit Lions, 1

Oct. 19 at Buffalo Bills, 1

Oct. 26 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1

Nov. 2 Washington Redskins, 1

Nov. 9 BYE

Nov. 16 at Chicago Bears, 1

Nov. 23 Green Bay Packers, 1

Nov. 30 Carolina Panthers, 1

Dec. 7 New York Jets, 1

Dec. 14 at Detroit Lions, 1

Dec. 21 at Miami Dolphins, 1

Dec. 28 Chicago Bears, 1

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