Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Drew Mahowald presents the 20th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ 23-10 win over the Chicago Bears to wrap up the regular season at 13-3.

The Minnesota Vikings aren’t just playoff bound.

They’re already divisional round bound. At home.

Minnesota wrapped up the regular season by winning 11 of its final 12 games to enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Mike Zimmer’s team has exceeded any and all expectations set forth before the season by even the biggest of homers.

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Week 17 – Vikings vs. Bears

The Vikings have won the division for the second time in three years. The Bears have finished last in the NFC North for three straight seasons.

A win by Minnesota secures a first-round bye in the playoffs. A win by the Bears secures a lower (worse) draft pick.

According to NFL.com the Vikings have a 15.9% chance of making Super Bowl 52 in their home stadium on February 4th. The Bears are 5-10 and currently sit at ninth in the 2018 NFL Draft order.

The two teams, heading in polar opposite directions, face off Sunday in the 2017 regular season finale. It’s obvious which squad is the favorite, but let’s take a look at how the division rivals stack up by the numbers.

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Drew Mahowald presents the 19th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 16 shutout win over the Green Bay Packers.

The Minnesota Vikings are poised to earn a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs for the first time in eight years this Sunday. Barring an unforeseen miracle, Minnesota will host a playoff game in the divisional round at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Mike Zimmer’s squad is as hot as any team in the NFL, winning 10 of its last 11 games. They’ve won with offense. They’ve won with defense. They’ve won against highly respected playoff teams. Their resume is arguably the most complete in the league.

But the last two weeks specifically have shown that the Vikings are ready for playoff football.

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Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell present their instant analysis of the Vikings’ Week 16 shutout win over the Packers.

Episode 148 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing, SoCom Creative and Can Can Wonderland.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

    1. Intro
    2. Case Keenum: Concerns about the cold?
    3. Offense: Conservative play-calling by Pat Shurmur
    4. Defense: Mike Zimmer has the Packers figured out.
    5. Twitter Questions

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Week 16: Vikings 16, Packers 0

The Minnesota Vikings hadn’t shutout a team since December 5th, 1993 in a 13-0 win over the Detroit Lions. That’s the year Stefon Diggs was born. They hadn’t shutout the Packers since 1971. That all changed Saturday night.

The Packers, decimated by many key injuries to starters, were out matched by Minnesota, who welcomed back key players from injury before earning their tenth victory in 11 games. The Vikings shutout the home team 16-0.