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What’s new with the Vikings in 2022?

The Arizona Cardinals travel to Minnesota this week in hopes of building on last week’s home win against the New Orleans Saints. The Minnesota Vikings are a familiar opponent, having faced one of the most exciting games of the season last season.

The Vikings, of course, lost that game 34-33 when kicker Greg Joseph missed a field goal late in the game that would have given them the win. It was certainly a lucky win for the Cardinals, who haven’t gone their way this season.

Minnesota has a star-studded offense with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook. Quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​continues to be an efficient passer, leading the team to a 5-1 record.

In previous seasons, the Vikings were held back by their defenses. The team made it a priority to attract and retain veteran players to strengthen this unit. They did so via former Packers edge rusher Za’Darius Smith and former Cardinal Jordan Hicks.

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Smith has been a Pro Bowl-level edge rusher for the Packers in recent seasons and Hicks has been a standout veteran at Arizona. Both are helping a Viking defense that includes former Cardinal icon Patrick Peterson.

Minnesota parted ways with linebacker Anthony Barr, who had been an integral part of the team since 2013. Barr aside, the team has done an excellent job of keeping their core together from last season.

Perhaps the biggest move of the offseason for Minnesota was the firing of longtime head coach Mike Zimmer, who they replaced with former Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell. Their new head coach has done a good job with the team’s offensive firepower.

In the draft, Minnesota committed to beef up their defense at Georgia safety Lewis Cine (#32 pick) and Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth (#42 pick).

It was an offseason defensive overhaul for Minnesota in hopes of complementing one of the league’s most talented offenses. So far it has worked as the team started the season 5-1.

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Vikings Key Offseason Additions:

  • OLB Za’Darius Smith

  • ILB Jordan Hicks

  • DL Harrison Phillips

  • WR Albert Wilson

Vikings Key Offseason Losses:

  • OLB Anthony Barr

  • EN Everson Griffen

  • TE Tyler Conklin

  • C Mason Cole

  • CB Mackensie Alexander

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