The bad news is the Vikings fell another game behind the division lead thanks to their loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. With that loss, the Vikings now sit at 6-5, and with their win the Bears jump to 8-3. A two-game lead with five to play is nice for Chicago, but it’s not comfortable. Three of their remaining games are against division opponents, including a December 9 game at Mall of America Field. The Vikings pre-season goal of winning the NFC North is still attainable, and there’s no reason their sights should be focused on anything else.
If the Vikings are unable to catch the Bears and capture the NFC North title, they’ll hope to fall back on a Wild Card berth. And that’s where the good news comes in. The Vikings lost a game this week, but they did not lose any ground in the Wild Card race. Green Bay, New Orleans, Seattle and Tampa Bay all lost on Sunday as well. Of those teams, only Green Bay (7-4) has more wins than the Vikings. The Vikings do lose the three-way tie-breaker, but there is plenty of time to overcome that with five more games on the dockett.
There’s a lot to breakdown when looking at the NFC playoff picture, but the bottom line is the Vikings must focus on winning their next game. And that next game is against a division rival and another team battling for playoff positioning – the Green Bay Packers.
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