Vikings : The Minnesota Vikings were quite possibly the biggest disappointment of 2018. On paper, they looked like a Super Bowl contender before the season but actually failed to make the playoffs. Kirk Cousins failed to live up to the expectations of his large contract and the defense took a step back.
Cousins needs to step up, especially in crunch time, in his second year in Minnesota. He has plenty of talent to throw to and the offensive line looks stronger in 2019. The defense will basically run it back with the same personnel, but I expect them to get back to their impressive 2017 standards. If those two things happen, the Vikings will be the legitimate contenders everyone was expecting last season.
As I stated in the intro, Kirk Cousins failed to live up to his contract in year one of his Minnesota tenure. His peripheral stats were good, but he failed to step up and lead his team to victories in close games. That is what a franchise quarterback should do and expect him to improve in that area in 2019. Mannion is likely to be the backup to Cousins due to his having some playing experience in the NFL.
When and where is the game?
The Minnesota Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the stage of Super Bowl LII.
Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 18.
The game will be nationally broadcast by FOX.
A live stream will be available via FOX online and on its digital platforms, as well as via fuboTV.
Kirk Cousins played just a single series against the New Orleans Saints and was flawless throughout, completing all of his four attempted passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Two of his backups, Sean Mannion and Kyle Sloter, also threw a touchdown pass each, with Mannion finishing seven-for-13 for 103 yards and Sloter completing six of his seven passes for 65 yards.
Tyler Conklin was the pick of the receivers, with 56 yards over two receptions, while Mike Boone rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown over just four carries, including a 64-yard run.