On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings will start their final series of workouts before Training Camp gets underway on 25 July. We'll be bringing you a lot about the Vikings as they ramp up for the season, but today we're going to take a quick spin around the league and see what the teams the Vikings will be facing off against in 2015 are doing to prepare for the upcoming season, courtesy of their respective SB Nation team sites.
We might try to do this every Sunday until the season starts because, hey, it's nice to know what you're up against. Let's take a look.
Week 1 - San Francisco 49ers (Niners Nation)
You know those signs you see at factory-type jobs that say "X number of days since our last accident?" The Niners need something like that for player retirements, as they've lost a lot of players this offseason. Their new head coach is Jim Tomsula, and the folks at Niners Nation are taking a look at his coaching philosophy.
Week 2 - Detroit Lions (Pride of Detroit)
The first NFC North opponent the Vikings will see in 2015 is every bit as talented as the Vikings are, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF rated the Lions as the 7th-best roster in the NFL, while the Vikings come in at #8.
Week 3 - San Diego Chargers (Bolts from the Blue)
The Chargers will kick off a run of AFC West opponents for the Vikings, but the big story coming out of Ron Burgundy's home town is whether or not the Chargers might be "running" for Los Angeles. As fans that have been part of the relocation debate before, I think we can all hope that it doesn't happen to Chargers fans.
Week 4 - Denver Broncos (Mile High Report)
At the end of last season, Peyton Manning looked like. . .well, he didn't look very good down the stretch and in the Broncos' playoff lost to Indianapolis. Our friends at MHR are looking at Manning's adjustment to a new offense and how he's embracing it.
Week 6 - Kansas City Chiefs (Arrowhead Pride)
Hey, did you know that the Kansas City wide receiving corps didn't score a single receiving touchdown last year? Yeah, you probably knew that, given the number of times it was repeated. In addition to not finding the end zone, they apparently dropped a lot of passes, too.
Week 7 - Detroit Lions
The Lions made a change on their quarterback depth chart behind Matthew Stafford. I know it's not terribly exciting news, but it happened anyway.
Week 8 - Chicago Bears (Windy City Gridiron)
The Bears' offensive line had their share of issues last year. Over at WCG, they're looking at the benefits of potentially moving stud guard Kyle Long to offensive tackle.
Week 9 - St. Louis Rams (Turf Show Times)
St. Louis made a couple of big splashes on offense this offseason, trading for quarterback Nick Foles and drafting running back Todd Gurley. Still, the hallmark of their team is going to be the defense, which is expecting to take another step forward in 2015.
Week 10 - Oakland Raiders (Silver and Black Pride)
The Raiders brought in yet another new head coach this season, tabbing former Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach (and former Vikings' linebacker) Jack Del Rio to man the sidelines. Del Rio, in his short time in the silver and black, is already putting his stamp on the team.
Week 11 - Green Bay Packers (Acme Packing Company)
The Packers will have a different face behind Aaron Rodgers on the depth chart, as Matt Flynn has moved on again, this time signing with the New England Patriots. (Seriously, has any player in NFL history ever made more money off of one game than Matt Flynn has?)
Week 12 - Atlanta Falcons (The Falcoholic)
Atlanta has had a bit of a drop off over the past couple of seasons, and they're going through a bit of roster turnover as a result. The Falcoholic is wondering exactly how many new starters the team will have in 2015.
Week 13 - Seattle Seahawks (Field Gulls)
When you're the two-time defending NFC Champions, it makes sense to anticipate that you're going to lose some coaches. Field Gulls takes a look at which of their assistants might get snagged next.
Week 14 - Arizona Cardinals (Revenge of the Birds)
As the Cardinals found out first hand in last year's playoffs, quality depth at quarterback is important. That's why it's a bigger story for them than most teams that their head coach isn't happy with the guys competing for the #3 quarterback spot.
Week 15 - Chicago Bears
Former Bears running back Khalil Bell is, apparently, changing careers. He will be one of the competitors on the new season of Tough Enough, the WWE reality show where the winner gets a WWE contract. (EDIT: After further review, Bell made it to the final 40, but not the final 13 competitors that WWE lists on their site.)
Week 16 - New York Giants (Big Blue View)
The Giants lost their starting left tackle, Will Beatty, to an injury during Organized Team Activities. That puts more pressure on their first round pick, Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, to get himself ready for the season and able to contribute as soon as possible.
Week 17 - Green Bay Packers
Since he's got some spare time this offseason, running back Eddie Lacy is going to be part of a team appearing on Celebrity Family Feud.
And that's a look at some of the things that are going on with Vikings' opponents during this week of the offseason. You can get more news and notes on those teams by checking out the team sites, which are linked above.