The Minnesota Vikings are in good position to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Vikings suffered an uneasy 24-31 loss to Carolina over the weekend. The defeat may have caused a slight lull in momentum, but a return home after a three-game road trip to face the NFL’s worst offense should put wind back in the team’s sail.
With the playoffs on the horizon, the Vikings currently hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC. If the season ended today Minnesota would have a first-round bye in the playoffs. However, with three weeks remaining in the regular season, a lot can change.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the current No. 1 seed in the conference. Philadelphia won a close game over the Los Angeles Rams over the weekend. In doing so, the Eagles became the first NFC team to clinch a playoff berth. With a one-game lead over Minnesota, it would appear Philly is in the captain’s seat to clinch the No. 1 seed. However, they lost their star quarterback for the season in the win over the Rams.
With the Eagles adjusting to life after Carson Wentz and the Vikings facing a favorable schedule to end the season — hold onto your seats folks.
The Vikings have not officially made the playoffs, but that can change in Week 15. The Vikings can punch their ticket to the postseason in a variety of ways.
In order for the Vikings to reach the postseason by clinching the NFC North division (and guaranteeing a 1-4 seed as a division winner), one of these two scenarios must occur:
In order for the Vikings to reach the playoffs based on record, one of the following scenarios must occur:
- SEATTLE loss + ATLANTA loss + NEW ORLEANS loss OR
- SEATTLE loss + ATLANTA loss + CAROLINA loss OR
- SEATTLE loss + ATLANTA loss + DETROIT loss or tie OR
- SEATTLE loss + ATLANTA tie + NEW ORLEANS loss + DETROIT loss or tie OR
- SEATTLE loss + ATLANTA tie + NEW ORLEANS loss + CAROLINA loss
Here’s how the playoff picture look today in the NFC. Remember, the top six seeds make the playoffs. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds each receive a first-round bye.
#1 seed: Philadelphia Eagles (11-2)
#2 seed: Minnesota Vikings (10-3)
#3 seed: Los Angeles Rams (9-4)
- Upcoming opponents: At Seattle Seahawks (8-5), at Tennessee Titans (8-5), San Fransisco 49ers (3-10)
#4 seed: New Orleans Saints (9-4)
#5 seed: Carolina Panthers (9-4)
#6 seed: Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
- Upcoming opponents: At Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9), at New Orleans Saints (9-4), Carolina Panthers (9-4)
In the hunt
#7 seed: Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
#8 seed: Detroit Lions (7-6)
#9 seed: Green Bay Packers (7-6)
#10 seed: Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
#11 seed: Arizona Cardinals (6-7)
National Football Conference Standings
Here’s a look at how the entire conference stacks up, courtesy of NFL.com.
|In The Hunt||W||L||T||DIV||CONF|
- [*] Clinched Homefield Advantage in Playoffs
- [y] Clinched Division Title
- [z] Clinched First-Round Bye
- [x] Clinched Playoff Berth
Playoff Rounds and Dates
- The Wild Card Round is January 6-7
- The Divisional Round is January 13-14
- The Conference Round is January 21
- The Super Bowl is February 4 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis