7. Minnesota Vikings What’s New in 2019: On the personnel side, Gary Kubiak comes into in an advisory offensive role alongside the offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. That feels significant, considering the Kubiak-friendly players they have brought in via the draft in Garrett Bradbury, Irv Smith, Dru Samia and Alexander Mattison. Outside of that, it was very quiet on the FA side with most of the drama centering around Anthony Barr’s u-turn on a proposed moved to the Jets. Roster Strengths: Linebacker – That Barr and Kendricks partnership continues for another year, when it didn’t looks like it would for a second. Eric Wilson was good in coverage last season as the third linebacker and Ben Gedeon is pretty solid against the run. That’s a key feature of this defense and an engine room that makes the whole thing tick. Secondary – The Vikings continue to be extremely well-stocked in the secondary. Rhodes, Waynes, Hughes (returning from his ACL), Alexander and now Holton Hill have all played meaningful snaps. No corner group in the league comes close to matching the depth of talent they have here. At safety, the emergence of Anthony Harris has allowed them to move on from Andrew Sendejo and he’s an extremely serviceable foil to Harrison Smith who is a perennial pro bowler.  Wide Receiver – The Thielen-Diggs partnership continues to be one of, if not the best tandem in the league. Elsewhere – Linval Joseph Is always worth a mention, as are the defensive ends who in Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen if the latter is mentally recovered from whatever went on last season. Rudolph and Irv Smith could be a nice combo on two right end/TE-H sets.  Roster Weaknesses: Offensive Line – Rather than splashing on resources to improve last year’s Achilles heel, the Vikings took an incredibly mobile center in the first round of the draft and he could be a lynchpin in a Kubiak offense which should help to shield this line from the rigors It has failed to stand-up to. We’ll see if that’s enough to finally change their fortunes because it was ugly as hell last year.  Breakout Player: Brian O’Neil – He was very much seen as a raw prospect coming out in last year’s draft and surprisingly came through a heavy workload in his first season without a complete meltdown. The lights seem to come on at the end of 2018 and his physical skill-set should mesh well with the new offensive game plan which should make good use of his mobility How they can win in 2019: Outside of desperately needing offensive line improvements, they have to get the ball out of Kirk Cousins’s hands. He was overloaded by an offensive coordinator pushing for a head coaching position last year and it wasn’t fair with the protection he was given. The running game should get a big lift with the arrival of Gary Kubiak and if they can get a full season of health out of Dalvin Cook, who has only tantalized to this point, then that feels like that could lift everybody. They still need to decide who their third and fourth passing options should be outside of Thielen and Diggs, but that passing game should also improve if it can pivot off a successful ground game through play-action, which is where Kirk Cousins thrived in Washington. On defense, they should feel pretty confident after finishing 4th in yards allowed and 4th in DVOA a year after finishing 1st and 2nd in those categories. Whatever was going on with Everson Griffen last year needs to be put in the past because they don’t have the depth there that they have been used to. Inside they have to find a serviceable partner for Linval Joseph, there’s not really a name who stands out right now so it's looking a bit like a job share there although they have a decent record of finding players. Elsewhere, that secondary should be particularly difficult to move the ball on especially if they can get a clean bill of health. Predicted record 2019: 10-6* - I think they take the division again in a bounce-back season. The addition of Gary Kubiak could be a master stroke if he can take the pressure off an overloaded offensive line and get Cousins doing what he's good at 
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