Secrets That Vikings Have Been Hiding

During a trip to Chicago last weekend, the Vikings came up in conversation, eliciting this response. “Oh, yeah, they’re going to be good this year.”
Are they?

The Vikings begin the NFL season on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium, so we know where they’ll be at 3:25 p.m. Other than that, little is certain.

They have a new coaching staff that has installed new systems on each side of the ball, but virtually all of their major players,

from quarterback Kirk Cousins to linebacker Eric Kendricks, return from last season’s 8-9 squad.

But the Purple Pride of Minnesota — sorry, Prince — has been such a trendy favorite in the leadup to Week 1’s games that Cousins, a disappointment to a large,

vocal segment of Vikings fans, has been the subject of NFL MVP speculation.

But all we really know from training camp and the preseason is that place-kicker Greg Joseph was belted by Gamma rays during the offseason and has become some sort of Marvel Universe hero.

Sunday will be just about everyone’s first chance to actually see what O’Connell has devised here. Few starters even played in the Vikings’ three preseason games,

and the head coach was so secretive about what he’s been building that the Vikings asked training camp spectators not to post their videos to social media.