No. 17 (down 1 spot): Frank Schwab – Yahoo! Sports
The Vikings defense should be embarrassed by what happened at New Orleans. The 583 yards allowed is a franchise record, and the 52 points allowed is the most by a Vikings defense since 1963. There have been many injuries on defense but that’s still awful. Presumably Mike Zimmer will be back for 2021, but depending on what happens around the rest of the league, he might be the coach on the hottest seat entering next season.
No. 20 (down 1 spot): Pete Prisco – CBS Sports
The defense is putrid, which has to anger Mike Zimmer, who made his bones as a defensive coach. That showing at New Orleans was embarrassing.
No. 23 (down 2 spots): NFL Staff – Bleacher Report
The Minnesota Vikings came into Week 16 needing a cosmic confluence of events to make the playoffs — the first of which was an upset win over the New Orleans Saints on Christmas.
After the Saints drilled the Vikings in New Orleans, the only thing upset was Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer after Minnesota allowed its most points in a game since 1963 and surrendered a franchise-record 583 yards.
Granted, that Minnesota defense was short-handed and then some Friday night — especially at linebacker. But the Vikings have had issues on that side of the ball most of the season. With Danielle Hunter on the shelf, Minnesota’s pass rush has evaporated. The secondary has been roasted with regularity.
It’s been a miserable season in the Twin Cities — one that began with Super Bowl aspirations but will end with a meaningless game against the Lions.
And it’s fair to wonder what kind of changes could be coming after this faceplant.