Skip to main content
Publish date:

Here's how the Vikings can make the playoffs with 2 games to play

So you're saying there's a chance...
Justin Jefferson

Two weeks from now the Vikings will likely be packing their bags and heading into another long offseason thanks to a woeful defensive performance that cost them in a home loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. 

While the odds are stacked against Minnesota, there remains a way for the Vikings to make the playoffs with a final record of 8-8, but they'll need help and absolutely nothing can go wrong. 

Here's how Minnesota makes the playoffs: 

  • Vikings beat the Saints and Lions to finish 8-8
  • Cardinals lose to the 49ers and Rams to finish 8-8
  • Bears lose to either the Jaguars or Packers to finish 7-9 or 8-8

That's it. There are no other ways Minnesota can sneak in. 

So what are the chances of the Cardinals losing out and the Bears losing at least once, not to mention the Vikings needing to win on Christmas Day at New Orleans and then in the regular season final at Detroit?

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Vikings have a 2% chance to pull it off. That jumps to 11% with a win over the Saints, and then to 31% if the Cardinals fall at home to the 49ers. 

If the Bears beat the 1-13 Jaguars, which they probably will, Minnesota's playoff chance drops to 28% entering Week 17. 

Again, all of this would be happening in succession and Arizona simply tying next week would eliminate Minnesota. 

If the Cardinals lose out but the Bears beat the Jaguars and tie the Packers, the Bears get in over Minnesota, so it'll be critical that Green Bay defeats Chicago in Week 17 if the Bears are victorious in Jacksonville. 

That begs the question: Will Green Bay still be playing for the No. 1 seed in the NFC or will they be resting starters having already clinched the top spot? Well, if the Vikings beat the Saints and the Packers win at home against the Titans this week, then the only way Green Bay doesn't rest starters (probably) in Week 17 is if Seattle stays in the hunt for the top spot by beating the Rams this week. 

It's a massive mess that could've been avoided by beating the Bears, but here the Vikings are, once again needing a miracle to simply stay in the hunt. 

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Post Bucks win, KAT says “I play with f****** passion”

Towns was asked how he controls his emotions on the court.

D'Angelo Russell

Wolves rebound with statement win against Bucks

D'Angelo Russell and the Timberwolves bounced back with a win over the defending champs.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 7.08.20 PM

Train carrying ethanol derails in southern Minnesota

The State Fire Marshal has sent in experts to help with the situation.


Motorcyclist dies a month after striking deer in Minnesota

The crash happened north of Mankato near the small town of Norseland.

fire pixabay stock

House explosion kills 1, severely injures another

Authorities described the home as "completely destroyed."

Kotyza-Witthuhn screengrab

Watch: MN lawmaker 'attacked' by giggling child during live hearing

This has to be the most adorable moment ever from a Commerce Finance and Policy Committee hearing, right?

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin leaving WCCO Radio for bigger role with Big Ten Network

Martin has been a staple at WCCO Radio since Election Day 2016.

Flickr - Xcel Energy truck - Tony Webster

Xcel Energy wants to raise MN customers' electricity rates

If approved, rates go up by an average of $18.50 a month for customers.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 1.11.05 PM

MPD chief 'confident' officers will still show up after Question 2 vote

Arradondo held a press conference Wednesday in which he urged for a 'No' vote.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Charges: Driver in fatal hit-and-run said he thought he hit dog or sign

The crash killed a 56-year-old Blaine woman who had been out walking her dog.

vaccine, covid

Here is Minnesota's plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19

The plan includes hosting vaccination clinics at schools across the state.

Mounds View PD missing 12yo Riddley

12-year-old Twin Cities boy has been missing for 4 days

Police are asking for the public's help locating the child,


Brian O'Neill, Vikings-Saints

Here's how the Vikings can make the playoffs with 3 weeks to go

Let's hope it doesn't require a Christmas miracle against the Saints.

Danielle Hunter

How the Vikings can get the 2, 3 or 5 seed in the playoffs

If they Vikings win out, the worst they can get is the No. 5 seed.

Kirk Cousins

How the Vikings can get a top-3 seed in the NFC playoffs

The No. 1 is still within reach, but it would take a miracle.

The fastest route Vikings can take to clinching a playoff spot

It can't happen this week, but it could as early as Week 16.

Harrison Smith

Predicting where the Vikings will finish in the playoff race

There could be a bunch of teams that finish with 12 wins.

Playoffs?! Vikings just hope they can win a game

One or two more losses could plummet the Vikings near the bottom of the NFC standings.

Playoffs?! Vikings just hope they can win a game

One or two more losses could plummet the Vikings near the bottom of the NFC standings.

Mike Zimmer

Imagine if the Vikings had simply beaten the Bears at home

The silver lining? In a year where everything has changed, at least the Vikings haven't.