1. The defense can be elite
It’s foolish to forget that the Vikings hired Zimmer to be their head coach because he performed as one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL for a long stretch of time in Cincinnati. He hasn’t stopped building ferocious defenses since he took his talents to Minnesota.
On the contrary, the Vikings finished fifth in the NFL last season in terms of point allowed. This is a stingy group that gets the absolute most out of its talent level on a consistent basis. There are significant reasons to believe Minnesota’s defense can be even better in 2020.
This piece has already covered the probability that the team will improve at cornerback. The potential for Danielle Hunter to reach even new heights as an edge rusher could be equally important. He notched 14.5 sacks last season but has the natural ability to flirt with the elusive 20-sack mark in 2020.
Don’t discount continued stellar play from veterans like Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr as well. Neither is an electric athlete, but they always end up in the right spot in Zimmer’s defense. It’s not out of the question that both guys could pop up and post All-Pro seasons if they catch a break or two.
The Vikings defense is a great example of a group that gets the most out of their collective talent. If they can take a moderate step forward this season they could become the No. 1 defense in the NFL. That’s a great start towards building a Super Bowl champion in Minnesota.