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Standing Out In The Standings

Here is a look at how the standings shake out after an exciting Sunday.

NFC NORTH

The Vikings maintain a four game lead over the Bears, whom they must play twice between now and the end of the season.   They also have a three game lead over the Packers, which is technically a four game lead because the Vikings own the tie breaker.  The Lions are 1-8 and pose no threat to the Vikings.

 

NFC

The Vikings are one game behind the New Orleans Saints.  Both teams are undefeated within the Conference and their respective divisions, meaning neither team has much of an edge in the tie breaker.  If the Vikings want to secure home field advantage in the scenario that they have to face the Saints in the playoffs, then their best way of making that happen would be to win out and hope that the Saints lose twice, or at least once to an NFC opponent.  The Vikings have at least a two game lead over all other NFC teams.

 

THE LEAGUE

The Vikings stand alone in third place of the NFL.  Only the undefeated Colts and Saints are ahead of them.  The Vikings have a two game minimum lead over every other team in the league, with the exception being the Bengals, whom the Vikes take on in four weeks. 

 

GAMES TO WATCH

Taking all of the above into account, there are some interesting games next week besides the Vikings hosting the 3-6 Seahawks.  Here is a list of who to cheer for:

–          New Orleans is going to Tampa to take on the lowly Bucs.  Hope for a surprise out of the Bucs in the same fashion in which they dished one out to the Pack.

–          It would not hurt if the Redskins were able to continue their resurgence against the Cowboys.  The ‘Boys are only two games behind the Vikings in the NFC.

–          Green Bay is almost completely knocked out the NFC North race.  A loss to the Niners would go a long ways towards ensuring the Pack doesn’t see the post season.

–          The Cardinals are only two games behind the Vikings in the NFC, and we still have to play them.  It seems unlikely, but if the Rams can take them out then that’ll be a big help.

–          The Bengals have to travel all the way to Oakland this week.  The Bengals are a game behind the Vikings in the league rankings.  I, for one, am expecting a late season collapse for the Bengals, and since they play the Vikings soon, I am hoping the slide begins sooner rather than later.

–          The Bears are still the Vikings biggest threat, but if the hurting Eagles can find a way to win in Chicago then the Vikings will gain even more breathing room.


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5 Responses to “Standing Out In The Standings”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Adam, this is no time to get cozy and think winning the North is the only goal.

  2. Adam Warwas says:

    Yes, the Vikes need to keep the intensity. We want the road to the Super Bowl to go through Minneapolis… it helps our odds of winnning and our odds of seeing a new stadium go through.

  3. Purple Charlie says:

    Adam , bigjohnny84,

    It starts this week, Complete game against the Seahawks,4 quarters of football. Not like last week against the lions.1st half, they would move the ball and shoot their foot off…

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