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Vikings overcame big injuries to become a Super Bowl contender in 2017

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Riddick says Vikings have 3 starting-caliber QBs (2:29)

Louis Riddick explains that Minnesota has the deepest QB roster, as Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater could all be starting in the NFL. (2:29)

The Minnesota Vikings ended their season on Sunday with a win over the Chicago Bears. Here’s a look back at how we predicted their season would unfold.

Our predicted record: 8-8

Vikings' actual record: 13-3

How we fared: Few could have foreseen how the Vikings would respond after losing their starting quarterback (San Bradford) after Week 1 and their top draft choice (Dalvin Cook) three games later. Our predictions were spot on from Weeks 1 through 5, but the landscape of the division vastly changed when Aaron Rodgers went down in Week 6 against the Vikings. That opened the door for Minnesota to grab hold of the NFC North and not let go. We picked the next two games correctly with wins in Week 7 and 8. Coming out of the bye week, when the Vikings had to go on the road five times to finish the season, we predicted three losses during Minnesota’s stretch at Detroit, Atlanta and Carolina. We predicted the Vikings would go 3-5 in the second half of the season. From Week 10 on, they went 7-1.