As I’ve mentioned several times on this program in recent weeks, the Minnesota Vikings are my pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIII. Last season, despite having a journeyman caretaker under center and losing their star rookie RB to an early season-ending injury, the Vikings rode their supremely-talented, championship level defense and brilliant coaching all the way to the NFC Championship, where their hearts were broken by the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles. This spring, GM Rick Spielman made the necessary moves to help ensure that the Vikings will take that next step. They drastically upgraded the QB position by signing Pro Bowler Kirk Cousins in free agency, re-signed several key pieces of their talented young core to long-term deals, and potentially made their defense even scarier in both free agency as well as the draft. For the Vikings to win their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, it’s clearly now or never. Joining me tonight to give us a preview of the Vikings 2018 season is Myles Gorham. Myles is obviously a huge Vikings fan as well as a contributor to the “Climbing The Pocket” podcast, which is co-hosted by another friend of the pod, Jordan Reid. Myles also played college football as a WR for THE Upper Iowa University (Go Peacocks!).
Myles’ Twitter handle: @MylesGorham85
- If there is any weakness on this Vikings team, it is the offensive line, especially in terms of pass protection. However, as evidenced in training camp and last week in their first preseason game against the Broncos, this Vikings OL promises to be one of the top run blocking units in the league this season. Even with Kirk Cousins now under center, do you still see the Vikings continuing to be a more run-heavy offense compared to most other teams?
- The OL arguably just got weaker as LG Nick Easton was just placed on season-ending IR due to a herniated disc in his neck. As of this moment, Tom Compton is slated to replace him at that position, but Danny Isidora looked very promising in preseason play last week. Who would you start at LG week 1 against the Niners?
- One of the most intriguing position battles going on for the Vikings is that of the change-of-pace RB behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. Kirk Cousins loved throwing the ball to such a back in Chris Thompson during his time in Washington and both Mike Boone and Roc Thomas have showed the potential to be a similar weapon for Cousins. Which of those two wins the job and why?
- From a fantasy football perspective, the position battle I’m paying attention to the most when it comes to the Vikings is that third WR spot. Who between Kendall Wright and Laquon Treadwell do you see winning that role and how do you see it effecting the volume and target distribution between Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen?
- Another thing fantasy owners want to know regarding the Vikings has to do with the potential timeshare at RB. While Dalvin Cook is clearly the best back on the roster, there are several factors that make some in the fantasy community reluctant to draft Dalvin Cook. One, as mentioned by Vikings radio play-by-play voice Paul Allen on his radio show, we should all expect Latavius Murray to “vulture” goal line carries from Cook. Second, John DeFilippo tends to prefer more of a RBBC approach as evidenced by his time in Cleveland and most recently, Philadelphia. Third, as you tweeted out this morning, given the fact that Dalvin Cook is coming off a torn ACL, the Vikings aren’t going to want to over-burden him early in the season and you could see a 60/40-ish split between him and Murray. What percent of the carries do you see Dalvin Cook getting as the season progresses?
- How deep of a DL rotation will the Vikings trot out this season?
- What does Mike Hughes bring to the CB position that Trae Waynes does not?
- Should the Vikings extend Anthony Barr at some point during the season or put the franchise tag on him next spring?
- Game-by-game W/L predictions
-Wk 1: Niners
-Wk 2: @ Packers
-Wk 3: Bills
-Wk 4: @ Rams
-Wk 5: @ Eagles
-Wk 6: Cardinals
-Wk 7: @ Jets
-Wk 8: Saints
-Wk 9: Lions
-Wk 11: @ Bears
-Wk 12: Packers
-Wk 13: @ Patriots
-Wk 14: @ Seahawks
-Wk 15: Dolphins
-Wk 16: @ Lions
-Wk 17: Bears
Thank you Myles…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back with more next week as the 2018 NFL season rapidly draws closer…so stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Myles.
For Myles Gorham, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as usual, stay awesome!!!