3. @ Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings might have lost some key veterans during a busy offseason. But they remain a formidable adversary thanks to some potent offensive weapons and tremendous defense.
The Carolina Panthers schedule sees the franchise making the trip to Minneapolis sometime in 2020, which is one of the most hostile and loud atmospheres in the NFL. It will also be something of a homecoming for Teddy Bridgewater, who was drafted in the first round by the Vikings and showed promise before a devastating leg injury prematurely ended his time on the roster.
He will go into the game with a point to prove. But getting a result against Mike Zimmer’s men will be easier said than done. Although they traded away Stefon Diggs this offseason, quarterback Kirk Cousins still has Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, and star running back Dalvin Cook to call upon.
Big things are also expected of second-year tight end Irv Smith Jr., and the recent acquisition of first-rounder Justin Jefferson is going to be another welcome addition to the offensive ranks.
This is coupled with a defense that has also undergone changes, particularly at cornerback. But the Vikings’ spine is still as strong as ever led by Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks, and the Pro Bowl safety duo of Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith.
The Panthers will undoubtedly go into the game as huge underdogs. And Bridgewater must rise to the challenge of getting one over on the team that took a chance on him back in 2014.