As a result of the 2017-18 campaign, the upstart Minnesota Vikings almost became the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl while also playing host for the annual event.
However, Minnesota was unable to even return to the postseason in 2018-19, while prolific Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is now asking the franchise’s fan base to be patient.
“First year,” Diggs recently said, via NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. “New system, new quarterback, new receivers. Everybody’s new. Still got to adjust, and you know there’s a lot of room for improvement. We’ve had a lot of sparks. We had some good games. Some things that you saw that we could be really special. And doing it on a consistent basis is something that’s going to come with time. You can’t look forward to time. It’s not working against us, it’s working with us.”
After a stellar season in 2017-18, the Vikings added former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins for this past season, leading many to believe that the NFC North franchise somehow managed to improve from one year to the next.
This was obviously not the case despite the fact that Cousins is an established signal caller that was specifically added to serve as both a serious threat under center and veteran presence in the locker room.
Remaining competitive in the NFC throughout the 2018-19 season, though, the Vikings did finish above the .500 mark at 8-7-1, good for a second place finish in the NFC North standings.
Finishing ahead of both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the Vikings notably finished behind the surprisingly red-hot Chicago Bears, who became the only NFC North franchise to reach the playoffs in 2018-19.