Following an 8-7-1 campaign in 2018, the Minnesota Vikings saw an otherwise respectable season collapse in fount of their eyes on the final day, failing to claim the last Wild Card playoff spot in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears. 


In a season when the smallest details may have made the difference between January football and Wild Card weekend on the sofa, head coach Mike Zimmer is holding his players accountable. 

Kirk Cousins had a great statistical 2018, with a 70 percent completion percentage, 30 touchdown passes, and 10 interceptions. However, games such as the finale against Chicago, ​the loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14 and even the Buffalo loss in Week 3 changed Minnesota's ultimate fate. The Vikings scored an average of just 8.67 points over their three games. 

Players on the defensive side of the ball were also open for criticism, including corner Xavier Rhodes. The corner is a two-time Pro Bowler, but did see a decline in numbers over the course of last year, with fewer tackles, passes defended and interceptions than in 2017. 


Rhodes is currently on a five-year, $70.10 million contract, and with the Vikings building around an entire roster rather than just one franchise player or QB, every penny matters in the Twin Cities.