It’s been clear for awhile now, but the Minnesota Vikings have their work cut out for them in the final six games of the season. To call it a brutal final six games, might even be putting it lightly.
Here’s a look:
Week 12: @ Chicago Bears
Week 13: @ Green Bay Packers
Week 14: Home vs. Bears
Week 15: @ St. Louis Rams
Week 16: @ Houston Texans
Week 17: Home vs. Packers
See what I’m talking about. You know it’s bad when ‘at St. Louis’ looks like the most favorable game remaining.
While it does look bad on paper, and it is, the good news is that the Vikings control their own destiny by playing so many key division games.
It all starts with a trip to Soldier Field next week, and I think if the team can come out and steal one in Chicago, that it will go along way towards giving them confidence moving forward. It doesn’t get an easier in week 13 heading to Lambeau, but realistically if Minnesota can get one of those two games, they will greatly increase their chances of making the playoffs.
I’m of the opinion that anything can happen in home games, so there’s no reason to think the Vikings can’t beat both the Bears and Packers on their home turf. They’ve played much better at home all season, and with Adrian Peterson running the ball the way he is right now, anything is possible.
As for the non-divisional games, I don’t like Minnesota’s chances heading down to Houston, but St. Louis is a very winnable game.
So is it a long-shot for this team to make the playoffs? No way, they’ve got a very legitimate chance to finish 9-7, and sneak into the postseason.
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