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ld Sunday afternoon http://www.thevikingslock...s-murray-jersey , a golden opportunity lay before them. The Chicago Bears had been upset by the New York Giants, and a win by the Vikings would have cut the Bears lead in the NFC North to just a half game, with a week 17 matchup on the horizon. Granted, it’s a tall order to beat the New England Patriots in Foxboro, but the opportunity was there.And it slipped through their hands like they were throwing to Troy WIlliamson. An uninspired 24-10 loss temporarily dropped the Vikings out of the playoff picture completely, but a loss by the Fightin’ Sanchizes On The Potomac to Philadelphia on Sunday night kicked them back in it. We’ve been looking at the Vikings playoff chances since their week seven win against the Jets, so if you’d like to go back to read all of these posts, you can go here, and from last week’s post you can find the rest. If you don’t want to take the time to get caught up, a quick primer, if I may: I’ve been using two sites to help with playoff percentages and seeding, the 538 playoff predictor, and Playoff Predictors dot com, which allows you to waste hours of your day coming up with ‘if-then’ win-loss scenarios to see who is in and who is out of the playoffs. Since we started this, the Vikings chances for a playoff spot haven’t dipped below 50%, but they’ve swung back and forth.Throughout the last month or so, the Vikings have gone from a high of 68% to make the postseason, right after their win against the Jets, to a low of 51%, after their Sunday Night loss to the Saints. After the bye week, things looked like this for the Vikings and the rest of the NFC North:After the loss to the Bears, the Vikings playoff chances really took a shot to the chin Womens Trae Waynes Jersey , dropping down to essentially a 50-50 shot:But after the Packers game, their playoff chances got a real big boost, while essentially eliminating Minnesota’s arch rival:So how did things pan out after an 0-4 day in the NFC North? Well, for the Vikings, in the span of 4 hours or so, Minnesota went from the fifth seed at the start of the Patriots game, to the seventh seed after the loss, back to the sixth seed after the Fightin’ Sanchezes lost to Philadelphia. But all in all, as disappointing as the Patriots loss was, it wasn’t a mortal blow to the Vikings making it to the post season. Let’s go to 538 and take a look:Although the Vikings chances to make the playoffs dropped three percentage points, their chances to actually win the division went up. Green Bay’s loss to Arizona had a huge ripple effect, as they were not only wiped from the ‘realistic playoff scenarios’ picture, but they also fired long time head coach Mike McCarthy Sunday evening. Detroit has gone full Detroit mode, and with their loss they are full speed ahead towards a top ten draft pick. They’re currently picking somewhere between 7th and 9th based on tiebreakers and coin flips, with plenty of room to move up between now and the end of the season.So as of right now, the NFC playoff picture has the Rams and the Saints as the top two seeds, which has remained that way since we began looking at this. The Bears are the third seed, with Dallas at four. The two wildcard spots are held by Seattle, this week’s opponent, and the Vikings at sixth. Carolina, Philly, and Washington are all at 6-6 and in the hunt Danielle Hunter Jersey , but with all the quarterback injuries for the Redskins, you have to think they’re going to fade. The Panthers play the Saints twice in their last four games, and face tough matchups with Cleveland (yes, the Browns are no longer terrible) and Atlanta. Philly’s next three games are Dallas, the Rams, and Houston, a really tough draw.For the Vikings, they have a monumental game Monday Night against Seattle, but then have Miami and Detroit before they finish up with the Bears at home.So, let’s do a little ‘what if’ for the upcoming games this Sunday, and figure out what our rooting interests should be. The first game, obviously, is the Vikings-Seahawks game. In a vacuum, a Vikings win increases their playoff chances to 85%, while a loss drops them down to 44%. If the Vikes win and the Rams beat the Bears, the playoff percentage goes up five more points to 90%, but more importantly, the chance to win the NFC North is now an even 50/50 shot. In that scenario, the Rams would also clinch a first round bye.Let’s go one step further, and add in a couple more games with teams that affect the Vikings run at the playoffs. If Cleveland can beat Carolina, Dallas beats Philadelphia, and the Giants defeat Washington http://www.thevikingslock...-siemian-jersey , Minnesota becomes almost a certainty to make the postseason, as their playoff chances go to 93%. So besides the Vikings, go Browns, Dallas, and go Giants.In that scenario, the Rams and Saints are still the top two seeds, but the Dallas Cowboys would overtake the Bears for the third seed, Chicago drops to four, Minnesota fifth, and Seattle sixth. Flip the Vikings and Seahawks result, but keeping everything else the same, Minnesota would still be in the playoff picture as the sixth seed, would still be over 60% to make the playoffs, but would have a less than 20% shot to win the division.There are an almost limitless set of what-ifs, and we’ll explore them with each passing week, but for now, this is where it stands:Beat Seattle.Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams: Key Information and First Quarter Open Thread We are just an hour (or so) away from kickoff at the venerable Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, ladies and gentlemen, for the Minnesota Vikings’ lone Thursday Night Football contest of the season. Tonight, the Vikings will take on the high-flying Los Angeles Rams, who have won each of their first three games by double-digit margins.Here is everything you need to know about tonight’s contest.Time: Thursday, 27 September Womens George Iloka Jersey , 7:20 PM Central timeLocation: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CaliforniaTelevision coverage: KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime (among other legal streaming services)Radio coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 81, XM Channel 226Line: Los Angeles -6.5, over/under 49.5Prediction: Rams 24, Vikings 20Three keys1) Focus - It’s been a trying week for the Vikings between getting blown out at home as a huge favorite on Sunday and the situation with Everson Griffen. But, this team has to find a way to go out onto the field and focus on the business at hand. I don’t know how they do that. . .that’s Mike Zimmer’s job, not mine. . .but they have to find a way to do it against a Rams team that means business.2) Take advantage of the matchups - The Rams are going to be without both of their starting cornerbacks tonight, as both Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib were injured last week. That means that Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen should be able to get open early and often. . .provided that Kirk Cousins actually has time to find them. The Vikings need to find advantages anywhere they can find them, and that should be a huge one for them.3) Get back to being the Vikings’ defense - The Vikings have a reputation of being one of the best defenses in the National Football League, and might have as much talent up and down the roster on that side of the ball as any team in the league. However, they haven’t looked much like that at all this season, and if they want to stop a Los Angeles offense that’s averaging 34 points a game this year, they need to get back to where they were last season.Know the foe: Turf Show TimesTwitter: Right hereFaceBook: www.facebook.com/TheDailyNorsemanTweets by DailyNorseman We’ll have a new Open Thread at the start of each quarter, ladies and gentlemen. With that, enjoy tonight’s game, and here’s hoping the Vikings can right the ship.SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!
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