The Minnesota Vikings have been surprising a lot of people as they have been hampered by injuries and are 6-4 so far and hold the seventh seed in the NFC. However, with an injury to linebacker Jordan Hicks, the Minnesota Vikings are re-signing linebacker Anthony Barr.
With LB Jordan Hicks hurt, the Vikings are planning to re-sign four-time Pro-Bowl LB Anthony Barr, per league sources.
Barr spent eight seasons in Minnesota after becoming the Vikings first-round pick in 2014.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2023
Anthony Barr has not played this season in his only non-Vikings season as he appeared in 14 games for the Dallas Cowboys. Barr was considered one of the best linebackers in the NFL. He has played 112 games and has made four Pro Bowls while recording 553 total tackles.
This has been a mediocre defense so far this season for the Minnesota Vikings as they rank 14th in the league with 20.9 points per game given up. However, they are doing better as of late as they gave up fewer than 20 points in four of their last five games.
How big does the Anthony Barr signing move the needle for the Minnesota Vikings?
The front office of the Minnesota Vikings has shown the ability to go and address needs, whether it be from trades or free-agent signings. Looking at the moves they have made, they traded for running back Cam Akers to help with the struggling running game, traded for quarterback Josh Dobbs after Kirk Cousins suffered a torn Achilles and now signing linebacker Anthony Barr to address the injury to linebacker Jordan Hicks.
With wide receiver Justin Jefferson expected to return to the team soon, this team has a realistic shot of proving people wrong and making the playoffs.
How can the Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs?
After starting 0-3 this season, everyone was counting the Vikings out and dreaming of Kirk Cousins trade scenarios. However, they are on a five-game winning streak and are comfortably in the postseason picture. At 6-4, they are in a great spot but what’s even crazier is the fact they still can climb and challenge for the NFC North.
They are two games in the loss column behind the Detroit Lions for the NFC North lead but have a very easy schedule remaining. Below is the remainder of the season for the team:
- at Denver Broncos
- vs Chicago Bears
- at Las Vegas Raiders
- at Cincinnati Bengals
- vs Detroit Lions
- vs Green Bay Packers
- at Detroit Lions
They should be able to win another 4-5 games and that would get them to double digits. It is hard to picture the Vikings slowing down anytime soon.
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