Vikings Avoiding Negative Fate From Playoff Turnover Rate

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 5, 2010 – 11:19 am

In 2008, the Vikings won their first division title since 2000 and therefore become 1 of 5 NFC teams to qualify for the playoffs after missing the postseason party the year prior.

But with parity as solid as it is in the NFL, such a high turnover among a playoff field is not rare. This year, in fact, the Vikings are just 1 of 3 teams to return to the NFC playoffs after also qualifying last year. The other 2 teams are the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles.

The AFC is experiencing a similar turnover rate, with half the field returning from last year and the other half being comprised of non-playoff teams from 2008.

So the Vikings return to the playoffs is a notable accomplishment, but one with which they’ve become familiar over the franchise’s history.

The Vikings are 239-143-2 all-time (including 12-4 in 2009) in seasons following a playoff berth, and the team has made 18 of a possible 24 trips to the post-season after an appearance in the previous year.

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