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Daily Norseman FanPulse: Confidence dips before season opener

Why? Your guess is as good as mine

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As we sit on the precipice of the 2019 NFL season, you would think that fans of the Minnesota Vikings would be pretty confident. After all, their level of confidence had gone up from the disastrous end of the 2018 regular season through the offseason and draft, and just a couple of weeks ago was at a peak.

Well. . .now it’s on the way down.

When asked a couple of days ago, the percentage of fans that said they were confident in the direction the Vikings were going had dropped from 80% down to 69%.

(“Nice” reference goes here.)

I’m not totally sure what would have caused that drop, to be honest. Perhaps it was the less-than-stellar performance of the offense in the All-Important Third Preseason Game™, maybe people are still angry that Kyle Sloter was released, maybe it’s something else entirely, I don’t know. I’m still plenty confident in this team, and hopefully following the season opener we’ll see the number trend back upwards.

Our national question for this week centered around who fans thought had the best chance to go from worst to first in their respective divisions in 2019, and one team was the runaway choice.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who many thought were a favorite for the AFC’s Super Bowl bid in 2018, wound up finishing last in the AFC South. Between the retirement of Andrew Luck and the general chaos taking place in Houston, fans apparently think the division is ripe for the picking, as the Jags were the choice of 52% of the people that responded. Last year’s NFC North basement dwellers, the Detroit Lions, got just 7% of the vote.

If you’d like to sign up for FanPulse so that you can help us get a feel for the fan’s perception of the team, you can sign up right here. Just make sure to indicate that the Vikings are your favorite team. . .like you’d want to put anyone else. . .and you’ll be good to go!