As you can see, leading up to Sunday’s matchup against the Dolphins, Mike Zimmer & Co. retain the rights to the NFC’s all-important final playoff spot:
Note: Y = Clinched Division
However, besides being mathematically eliminated from first-round bye consideration, Minnesota’s chances of winning the NFC North for a second-straight season are more slim than Shady.
Seemingly safely assuming that doesn’t happen, it’s Wild Card or bust for the boys in purple.
In order for the much preferred former to occur, over the next three weeks, figuring the Cowboys and Seahawks don’t choke, one of the below situations needs to come to fruition:
Scenario A: The Vikings go 3-0
- As a result of the earlier mentioned retaining of the conference’s last playoff spot, Minnesota
is the captain of their own shipcontrols their own destiny.
- With that being said, in the event the Vikings close the season 3-0, they are automatically playoff bound.
Scenario B: The Vikings go 2-1
- In the event the Vikings close the season 2-1, they are playoff bound if all of the following occur:
Scenario C: The Vikings go 1-2
- In the event the Vikings close the season 1-2, they are only playoff bound if an absurdly aggressive amount of dominos fall in the right direction.
- Albeit mathematically possible that Minnesota sneaks into the postseason bolstering a 7-8-1 overall record, it’s extremely far from plausible.
To conclude a nauseating note, in the event the Vikings close the season 0-3, regardless of how the other contending teams finish, that’s a wrap. Minnesota’s 2018 campaign would be more over than
John DeFilippo’s Land of 10,000 Lakes tenure this article.