The Vikings (8-6) are still alive in the NFC playoff picture. They are tied with Washington, Dallas and the New York Giants in overall record. For those who say the Vikings need to win their last two games to get in, you are partially correct. The squad also needs some help.
Here is a breakdown of the NFC playoff race:
The division leaders, Atlanta (12-2), San Francisco (10-3-1) and Green Bay (10-4) are all in.
- Washington and Dallas play each other in Week 17. Either team would claim the East title by winning the remaining two games.
- The Giants can earn at least a wild-card by winning their final two games. If the Vikings and Giants are both 10-6, the Giants would win the tiebreaker based on conference games.
- If the Vikings and Chicago both go 10-6, the Vikings would win the tiebreaker with a better division record.
- If Seattle and the Vikings both go 10-6, the Seahawks win the tiebreaker based on head-to-head.
If the Vikings lose Sunday in Houston it wouldn't eliminate the team from the playoffs. If they beat Green Bay in week 17, they still would make the playoffs if Chicago finished 9-7 and both the Giants and Cowboys lose in week 17.
Minnesota (8-6) at Houston; vs. Green Bay
Dallas (8-6) vs. New Orleans; at Washington
Washington (8-6) at Philadelphia; vs. Dallas
Chicago (8-6) at Arizona; at Detroit
New York Giants (8-6) at Baltimore; vs. Philadalphia
Seattle (9-5) vs. San Francisco; vs. St. Louis