The Vikings are seeded 8th as of now (with Week 12 done for NFC playoff purposes).
(tie-breakers not factored in)Code:
1. Seahawks (9-2)
2. Bears (8-3)
4. Cowboys (7-4)
8. Vikings (6-5)
To get to the playoffs we need to get past at least two of those teams.
If we get a wild card, we want to be the 5-seed, so we play the weakest division winner, and then, best case scenario, avoid the top seed until the NFC championship game.
If the Vikings win out, and the Bears drop one between now and Week 17 the Vikings will have a shot to beat the Bears to win the division. To avoid other tiebreakers, the Bears would have to lose one to the Packers. That would give the Vikings an edge in the divisional record if they beat the Bears in Week 17.
Let's be realistic. The Vikings are only on the edge of playoff contention as it is. A letdown would be a great waste. To stay in the playoff hunt, the Vikes have to win and get help from other teams.
The road to the playoffs looks tough, but possible----maybe.