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What Hangs In The Balance

The Vikings season is over when it comes to playoff hopes.  However, they have three more games to play, and each one could affect other areas of interest. 

Here is what is important in tonight’s matchup against the Bears:

The Crown Of The North

The Vikings have no hopes of winning the NFC North division title, but both the Packers and the Bears do.  With a victory over the Vikings tonight, the Bears will have clinched the division and the Packers will officially be vying for a wild card spot.

Joe Webb’s Audition

Even though there are rumors surrounding Brett Favre’s availability for tonight’s game, it seems highly unlikely that Joe Webb will be robbed of his first career start.  How Webb performs tonight, and over the course of the rest of the season, could greatly affect how this offseason will play out.  Will he take the bull by the horns and become the Vikings quarterback of the future or will he tank and make this team even needier at the position than they already are?

Leslie Frazier’s Continued Audition

At the Vikings 50th Anniversary Celebration, interim head coach Leslie Frazier reportedly had an air about him that suggested he would be with the Vikings in 2011 and beyond.  While it might be kind of fun to see him go to Denver and then dangle some of his underachieving defensive players (i.e. Asher Allen, Madieu Williams, etc.) in front of him as trade bait, a decisive victory under dire conditions against the division leader might be enough to make him our guy for years to come.

Draft Position

Cheering for the Vikings to lose is never any fun, but there is no denying that they will have a better shot at a young quarterback in April’s draft if they continue to do just that.  Coming into the weekend, the Vikings were slated to have the 12th pick in the draft.  A loss tonight would see them climb into the 11th spot while a win would drop them into about the 14th spot.  That could be the difference between having a shot at a top quarterback prospect or not.

Last Chance To See Them

This is the Vikings final home game of the season, and thus it could be fans’ last chance to see certain players suit up in purple.  Roughly a third of this team is slated to be free agents following the season and it is hard to say which ones will be back or not.  For guys like Brett Favre and Pat Williams, this could be their farewell to Minnesota.

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5 Responses to “What Hangs In The Balance”

  1. B. Grant says:

    Adam, will this game have any impact on whether or not a new stadium will have a roof, or retractable roof? I have heard from conflicting reports that a roof is and is not being considered. Anything from your sources?

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Honestly, I don’t see this game particularly affecting that discussion because, as Bagley put it, this is not an NFL stadium we’ll be playing in tonight.

      No roof means no hosting a Super Bowl. All indications are that all parties involved would benefit greatly from hosting a Super Bowl or two and that a roof is going to be a high priority for the Wilf’s, retractable or otherwise.

  2. Dynalee10 says:

    Boo too the roof! Football should be played OUTDOORS ON GRASS!

  3. sb says:

    If the vikes were to lose their remaining games (quite possible unfortunately) there is a good chance we could be picking around 5 or 6. Having a look at the teams below us and their respective remaining schedules, I expect the 49ers, cowboys and texans to at least overtake us and quite possibly the lions. Then their are a few others that would need to pull off a one upset in the remaining 2 weeks.

    This would put us in great position to draft a qb next year. Conversly, I will be extremely frustrated if favre comes back we win a game or two and don’t get to see joe webb play, while also pushing us in a much more difficult and costly position to draft a qb.

    • SupaScout says:

      I couldn’t agree with your second paragraph more. Why won’t #4 go away. I’d be willing to buy his ticket if he’d just use it.

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