The Minnesota Vikings’ 2018 season showed some promise, even if it didn’t include a trip to the playoffs to try and avenge the NFC Championship Game loss to Philadelphia the year prior.
The Vikings’ season started innocently enough, with a win against San Francisco and, on the heels of a 22-point fourth quarter, a tie at Green Bay. However, an up-and-down campaign followed, with Minnesota finishing 8-7-1 and failing to reach the playoffs after losing to division rival Chicago in the final game of the season.
Despite not reaching the playoffs, Kirk Cousins finished with almost 4,300 yards passing and 30 touchdowns in his first season as Vikings quarterback. Minnesota’s passing attack ranked 8th among the 32 NFL teams, but the rushing attack was ranked 30th. Third-year running back Dalvin Cook feels like he’s fully recovered from an ACL tear he suffered in 2017, and he’s ready to return to form this season.
The Vikings re-signed two key players for 2019: linebacker Anthony Barr and wide receiver Adam Thielen.
The Vikings are entering their fourth season of play at U.S. Bank Stadium, which is coming off hosting the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Since the stadium is so new, you can expect a first-class experience in its suites, including ones at field level. The Vikings will also be playing on a new $1 million turf this season. Regarding food at the stadium, concessionaire Aramark has connected with local chefs to offer gourmet options that go beyond normal stadium fare. Try the fried chicken at Revival in Section 111, lamb at AZ Canteen Rotisserie in 121, and the brats at Kramarczuk’s in sections 140 and 336.
In addition to NFC North rivals Chicago, Green Bay, and Detroit, the Vikings welcome these opponents to Minneapolis in 2019: Atlanta, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington (Thursday night game), and Denver. Non-division road games are at the New York Giants, Kansas City, Dallas, Seattle, and the Los Angeles Chargers.