Something to Ponder (Tie Breakers)
TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION
If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same
division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.
1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
5. Strength of victory.
6. Strength of schedule.
7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
9. Best net points in common games.
10. Best net points in all games.
11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
Throw #1 out because they traded wins.
#2: Vikes are 3-1, Packers are 3-1. No advantage here
#3: Common opponents aside from divisional games : San Fransico, Denver, San Diego, Oakland, Seattle, St Louis, Kansas City and Arizona
In those games the Vikes are: W: 2 L: 1 Unplayed: 5
The Packers are: W: 1 L: 3 Unplayed: 4
The vikes have the upper hand here.
#4: Both teams are 3-1 so far with two games each remaining. No advantage here.
It pays to go no further at this point in the season. To many variables must come to be. The whole tie breaker scenerio is irrelevant if the Vikes get it together or the Packers tank. It just seems that a tie breaker scenerio is becoming more and more possible the way each team is playing. The key in the tie breaker will be ensuring we win out on our remaining two divisional games against the Lions and Bears. Three weeks ago, I would have penciled them in. That would force the Packers to also have to win both of their games against the bears and lions and then it goes to tie breaker #3. So far the Vikes have the upper hand here. Food for thought.