We are on to Week 5 of our 2016 Minnesota Vikings schedule preview, and our second opponent from the AFC South. The opponent for Week 5 will be the Houston Texans, the team that took the AFC South title last season. The Texans have revamped their offense during this offseason, and we all know about the defensive force that is J.J. Watt, but our friends over at Battle Red Blog have provided us with a slightly deeper look at what to expect from Houston this season.
Battle Red Blog hasn’t put together their look at the Vikings yet, but we have our look at them right here.
Date and Time of Game
Sunday, 9 October 2016, 12:00 PM Central Time, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Notable free agent additions
(QB) Brock Osweiler, (RB) Lamar Miller, (OG) Jeff Allen
Notable free agent departures
(OG) Brandon Brooks, (C) Ben Jones, (RB) Arian Foster
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies
(WR) Will Fuller, (C/OG) Nick Martin, (WR)Braxton Miller, and Tyler Ervin (EDGE, a new hybrid slot WR/RB position we created just for him)
Biggest offseason addition
(QB) Brock Osweiler
Biggest storyline heading into training camp
How does Brock Osweiler do as the new franchise quarterback? Can he develop chemistry with his young arsenal of weapons? Can he adjust to a new offense under Bill O’Brien? Can he at the very least be good enough to guide this loaded roster to some wins without screwing it up?
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp
Kevin Johnson cementing his status as an elite young corner, Jaelen Strong potentially breaking out as DeAndre Hopkins’ partner in crime, J.J. Watt going on a quest to win his fourth DPOY trophy, and of course this team taking the next step from division winner to AFC contender.
Notable injuries heading into training camp
J.J. Watt recovering from his various ailments, Kevin Johnson rehabbing from a broken foot and broken wrist, and Duane Brown coming back from a torn quad