Pressure mounting on Vikings' Mike Zimmer to produce in the postseason


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Second in a 13-part series on the opponents the Green Bay Packers will face during the 2019 regular season.

GREEN BAY – Outside of Lambeau Field, there was no bigger disappointment in the NFC North in 2018 than the Minnesota Vikings failing to reach the postseason.

After a 13-3 regular season and run to the NFC championship game in 2017, the club went “all in” by signing quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive free-agent deal and fortifying a strong defense with solid role players and backups. It was all in vain, as the Vikings dropped to 8-7-1 and continued their streak of making the playoffs every other season in head coach Mike Zimmer’s five-year tenure.

Should form hold true, that would portend for a bounce-back to the playoffs in 2019. The Vikings faced some serious cap struggles — to the point where they couldn’t sign draft picks for a bit — and some key veterans were floated on the trade market. It will be interesting to see if those accomplished players, including longtime Vikings leader Kyle Rudolph, can…

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