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Just now, gopherwrestler said:

Well yeah, and Philly would have to win out if we lose a game.

I don't expect Philly to lose to the Redskins is what I'm saying.  Winning out is 2 games at this point.

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34 minutes ago, Worm Guts said:

I don't expect Philly to lose to the Redskins is what I'm saying.  Winning out is 2 games at this point.

I wouldn't expect the Eagles to lose to the Redskins either but the fact of the matter is that they both win this week it doesn't much matter which of the two wins next week. If they both win this week the Vikings will need to win out. If the NFC East teams all win this weekend and the Vikings lose the odds of the Vikings making the playoffs are slim to none (Philly and Washington could tie).

Just win!

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7 minutes ago, Cearbhall said:

I wouldn't expect the Eagles to lose to the Redskins either but the fact of the matter is that they both win this week it doesn't much matter which of the two wins next week. If they both win this week the Vikings will need to win out. If the NFC East teams all win this weekend and the Vikings lose the odds of the Vikings making the playoffs are slim to none (Philly and Washington could tie).

Just win!

If we lose to the Detroit Lions at this stage of the season, we really shouldn't be discussing our playoff chances.

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Just win baby. 

Washington plays Saturday night and Philly also plays at noon on Sunday both have tough match ups IMO. Only time Vikings should be scoreboard watching this weekend is SNF!

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Halfway through the season, the Rams looked like the best team in the NFC behind Jared Goff, and the Saints next in line with Drew Brees leading the way. Those teams have since diverged, with the Saints now cruising toward home-field advantage while the Rams are just holding on trying not to lose a bye week. And a big part of that is the fact that Brees is playing better than Goff.

But a bigger part is on defense, where the Saints have played very well — and the Rams have played very poorly — over the second half of the season. In fact, over the last six games, the Rams have allowed an NFL-high 188 points, and the Saints have allowed an NFL-low 74 points.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/12/18/saints-are-best-rams-are-worst-in-points-allowed-over-last-six-games/

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Here’s how the playoff picture looks following Monday night:

LEADERS
1. Saints (12-2): May end up resting their starters in Week 17.

2. Rams (11-3): Two losses in a row at the wrong time.

3. Bears (10-4): Clinched the NFC North.

4. Cowboys (8-6): Their NFC East lead narrowed by a game.

5. Seahawks (8-6): Sunday’s loss to the 49ers kept them from clinching.

6. Vikings (7-6-1): Put together their best game of the season on Sunday.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

7. Eagles (7-7): The defending champs are not going down without a fight.

8. Washington (7-7): Still in the hunt, in both the NFC East and the wild card race.

9. Panthers (6-8): Technically not eliminated from playoff contention, but at this point it’s about a 1,000-to-1 shot.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/12/18/nfc-playoff-picture-saints-one-win-away-from-home-field-advantage/

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8 minutes ago, vike daddy said:

Here’s how the playoff picture looks following Monday night:

LEADERS
1. Saints (12-2): May end up resting their starters in Week 17.

Teddy Time...?

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1 hour ago, vike daddy said:

Teddy Time...?

I really really really hope so.

He should have gotten 10 minutes in the 4th quarter when the Saints killed the Iggles but that pig Sean Payton felt the need to run up the score.

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According to analytics site FiveThirtyEight.com, Minnesota has a 58-percent chance of making the postseason at the moment. That likelihood jumps to 81 percent with a win at Detroit and drops to 29 percent with a loss.

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45 minutes ago, VikeManDan said:

We can clinch a WC spot with a win AND losses by the Eagles and Redskins correct?

Yes.

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3 hours ago, vike daddy said:

According to analytics site FiveThirtyEight.com, Minnesota has a 58-percent chance of making the postseason at the moment. That likelihood jumps to 81 percent with a win at Detroit and drops to 29 percent with a loss.

Can't beat Detroit, why even bother? Play for the better draft pick.

Obviously that will never happen but I'll say again, I can't imagine fan optimism will be high because we backed in and didn't win our way in.

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Also per FiveThirtyEight, the Vikings went into last Sunday with a 78 percent chance of making the playoffs just by going 2-1 down the stretch. That number is down to 54 percent now, and mostly that’s because of the Philly and Washington wins. Basically, if the Vikings split their last two games, it’s pretty much a coin flip that they’ll make the playoffs. You really want to root hard for Houston to beat the Eagles next week and for Washington to lose at Tennessee.

The Vikings also lost any chance to win the division when Chicago won. That was going to be a long shot, but now it’s no shot.

The one bit of help the Vikings got came when Seattle lost unexpectedly to San Francisco. That means if the Vikings win their last two games and Seattle loses once — certainly possible since the Seahawks host Kansas City next week — Minnesota would jump up and grab the No. 5 seed, likely setting up a matchup with the NFC East winner (probably at Dallas) in the first round instead of a tougher matchup (likely at Chicago).

http://www.startribune.com/vikings-playoff-odds-actually-decreased-with-a-win-sunday-but-not-all-news-is-bad/502947921/

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Don't you love how the "experts" at the beginning of the season were saying the week 17 game between the Packers and Lions would be for the division and playoff implications while the Vikings / Bears game would be to determine the bottom of the NFC North?  

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