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The Minnesota Vikings are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season. Between 1969 and 1976 the Vikes made it to four Super Bowls, but sadly lost every single one. They've never made it back to the big game.

Last year the Vikes did ok going .500 with an 8-8 record. But considering the team's starting QB Teddy Bridgewater went down with a horrific leg injury before the season even started (and still hasn't receovered), there wasn't much time for new incomer Sam Bradford to learn the offence. Under the circumstances the Vikings had a pretty good year, especially their defence who played lights out.

Roster

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer

Quarterback Sam Bradford exceeded every expectation last season, but the Vikings still fell apart after a 5-0 start. Though Bradford broke the NFL single-season accuracy record, he barely offset the issues along the offensive line. This should change with the additions of Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers and Pat Elflein. The defense ranked third overall and only has a few changes. As long as Ben Gedeon, Trae Waynes and Tom Johnson can effectively take over for Chad Greenway, Terence Newman and Sharrif Floyd, the unit should remain among the league's best.

OFFENCE

If the newly formed offensive line can hold together and do a better job, then the Vikings could have a sneakily good attack this year. There are some nice pieces for Sam Bradford to play with. Stefon Diggs has emerged as one of the brighter receivers, and Adam Thielin has become a little local hero, who has a knack for making a big play. Throw Kyle Rudolph into the mix, and Bradford should have more than enough targets to aim at. Minnesota finished dead last in rushing last year, but new rookie Dalvin Cook should help fill in departing legend Adrian Peterson's boots.

DEFENCE

The Vikes defence balled out last year. They were incredible throughout the year, but especially in the first half of the season, flying all over the place and swarming around the ball carrier. They finished in the top 6 in every category except run dfence, so it's going to be interesting to see if they can replicate it this year. There are great players on this unit. Linval Joseph, Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen all dominate on the defensive line. The linebackers are led by Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. Finally, the secondary have upcoming corner Xavier Rhodes and stud safety Harrison Smith.

MVP

Harrison Smith, S

For the longest time the Vikings' face of the franchise used to be superstar running back Adrian Peterson, but he left in the summer. The team is very much just that now, a team. So it's not that easy to identify the team's top player. But considering how good the defence is, it has to be their star man Harrison 'the hitman' Smith.

Smith has established himself as one of the best safeties in the league over the last few years. He's made the pro bowl in each of his last two seasons, and it's easy to see why. The Hitman plays without any fear, and is one of the smartest and ferocious players in the league. Smith always seems to be in the right place at the right time. At 28 years old, the best is still to come, and Vikings fans can't wait to see their superstar continue to blossom.

Other notable players: QB - Sam Bradford. RB - Dalvin Cook (R). WR - Stefon Diggs. TE - Kyle Rudolph. DE - Danielle Hunter. DE - Everson Griffen. DT - Linval Joseph. OLB - Anthony Barr. MLB - Eric Kendricks. CB - Xavier Rhodes.

Uniforms

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U.S. Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium is a state-of-the-art indoor stadium located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's the second newest stadium in the NFL, having only opened in 2016. It's unique design and amazing facilities make it one of the best stadiums in the world.

Capacity: 66,655

Minneapolis

State: Minnesota

Population: 413,651

Minneapolis is a major city in Minnesota that forms "Twin Cities" with the neighboring state capital of St. Paul. Bisected by the Mississippi River, it's known for its parks and lakes. Minneapolis is also home to many cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, and the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture.

Records

Conference Champions

NFL Western - 1

NFC Champions - 3

Division Champions

NFL Coastal - 2

NFC Central - 14

NFC North - 3

Playoff Appearances - 28

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 457 Losses: 387 Ties: 10

Post Season

Wins: 19 Losses: 28

Total

Wins: 476 Losses: 415 Ties: 10

Hall of Famers

Fran Tarkenton, QB - Class of 1986

Alan Page, DT - Class of 1988

Bud Grant, Coach - Class of 1994

Jim Finks, Admin - Class of 1995

Paul Krause, S - Class of 1998

Ron Yary, T - Class of 2001

Carl Eller, DE - Class of 2004

Gary Zimmerman, T - Class of 2008

Randall McDaniel, G - Class of 2009

John Randle, DT - Class of 2010

Chris Doleman, DE/LB - Class of 2012

Chris Carter, WR - Class of 2013

Mike Tingelhoff, C - Class of 2015

DIVISION

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