Along with the fantastic perk of defeating Invoice Belichick for the primary time in 22 years, the Minnesota Vikings have a brand new declare to fame — a revised “magic quantity.”
The Vikings toppled the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving evening, 33-26, due to heroics from Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Kene Nwangwu, and others. In the meantime, the NFC North’s second-place occupant, the Detroit Lions, misplaced to the Buffalo Payments 28-25 earlier within the day.
And since these two objects occurred on Thursday, Minnesota’s magic quantity shrunk to two.
What does that imply? Easy. The Vikings solely must win two video games, ask the Detroit Lions two lose two video games, or a mix thereof. For instance, if the Vikings beat the New York Jets subsequent weekend, whereas the Lions lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Vikings wrap up the NFC North by December 4th — a mind-bending situation as Minnesota was forecasted to win eight or 9 video games by sportsbooks when the season kicked off.
The Vikings haven’t received the NFC North since 2017, due to an upstart Chicago Bears marketing campaign in 2018 and extended dominance by the Inexperienced Bay Packers from 2019 to 2021. However the tide is popping. Minnesota is just about assured of profitable the division, barring a collapse so devious that even cynical Vikings followers wouldn’t imagine it.
Primarily, for the Vikings not to win the NFC North, they’d have to complete 0-6, with the Lions rattling off six wins to shut out 2022.
Not gonna occur.
Furthermore, the magic-number shrinkage arrives because the Vikings nonetheless haven’t clicked on all cylinders. Throughout some video games, the offense falls asleep within the 2nd and third Quarters. In others, the protection generates no cross rush. Twice, the Vikings performed imbecilic, as soon as versus the Eagles and the opposite time in opposition to the Cowboys. Certainly, followers are within the means of figuring out if “that is who the Vikings are” or in the event that they’re jelling on the fly to create a formidable postseason bunch. We will see.
One factor is for certain — the trail to a minimum of one residence playoff sport is mere weeks away, if not achievable subsequent weekend. The Vikings have hosted only one playoff contest at U.S. Financial institution Stadium — and also you would possibly keep in mind that Diggsian expertise 5 years in the past.
Lastly, because the magic quantity counts all the way down to salivatingly low figures, Minnesota might now flip consideration to prolonged homefield benefit, maybe catching the Eagles for the No.1 seed or just asserting a stranglehold on the second spot. Ought to the Vikings preserve their present two-seed standing, the likelihood of internet hosting two residence postseason showdowns skyrockets — as long as the franchise doesn’t moist the mattress within the Wildcard Spherical.
However get your pencils and calendars out. All of the Vikings want is 2 wins or two Lions losses.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day by day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs each Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates again to 1996. Listed responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).