The top flaws of the 2017 playoff contenders

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There’s no clearly dominant team in the NFL this year. Which gives the playoffs a wide-open feel (until the Patriots win the Super Bowl by three or four points . . . again).

So every team that still has a chance to get to the playoffs has a chance to get to the Super Bowl. But each contender is flawed in some way.

Which flaws are the most concerning? Chris Simms and yours truly went back and forth to discuss the situation on Wednesday’s PFT Live, citing three teams and their potentially fatal flaws.

Your day would be flawed, albeit not literally fatally, if you fail to check it out.

22 responses to “The top flaws of the 2017 playoff contenders

  1. The drop off from Wentz to Foles is big but that doesn’t make him the weakest link. Jalen Mills jumping at every slant pattern only to be burnt on double moves is going to sink this team.

  2. So, after listening to this, there is no one specific weak link in the Vikings. It’s their natural and in-born propensity for failure that will do them in. Got it.

  3. I love the Vikings, yet I can’t get over the thought that we could be the first team to play a home Super Bowl, the first team to lose a fifth Super Bowl, and the first team to lose a Super Bowl in our home stadium!

    I also have concerns over playing the Panthers should we have to. In big games the Vikings have always become undone by QBs that can run. Be it Steve Young; Michael Vick; and most recently Cam Newton.

    First and foremost we need to beat the Bears. This game is going to be a lot closer than it really should be. The Bears are a couple of years away from being considered a contender, but can be a thorn in our proverbial as they usually play us close. I’m hoping the game is won by halftime so we can get Bridgewater some reps and keep Keenum from being injured.

  4. blowfishes says:
    December 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    I love the Vikings, yet I can’t get over the thought that we could be the first team to play a home Super Bowl, the first team to lose a fifth Super Bowl, and the first team to lose a Super Bowl in our home stadium!

    I also have concerns over playing the Panthers should we have to. In big games the Vikings have always become undone by QBs that can run. Be it Steve Young; Michael Vick; and most recently Cam Newton.

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    The Broncos are the first team to lose 5 Super Bowls, they have won 3 though.

    When it comes to mobile QBs, ancient history (history previous to these player and coaches) it doesn’t matter. Newton did have a great running game vs Minnesota this year, but if the Vikings face them in Minnesota, it will probably be a totally different game than the one in Carolina.

  5. Satanic Hell Creature says:
    December 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    The Broncos are the first team to lose 5 Super Bowls, they have won 3 though.
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    I am MORE than happy to be corrected on this. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

    I do find it odd that I have more concerns over playing other teams in the NFC than I do about playing anyone in the AFC – and I hold a heck of a lot of respect for the Patriots and Steelers, and do not underestimate the Jaguars.

  6. darkneptune73 says:
    December 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    In all seriousness, the Vikings flaw is still the offensive line. They are 2 injuries away from collapsing.

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    One injury away. If Pat goes down we have issues (see Carolina game).

  7. Plenty of comments on the Vikings weaknesses and how they are going to lose again with such certainty. But the Vikings have the number 1 total defense and a top ten offense going into week 17.
    I would like another crack at the Panthers and the Steelers. But injuries aside from this upcoming game, the Vikings are in good shape going into the playoffs.

  8. In all seriousness, the Vikings flaw is still the offensive line. They are 2 injuries away from collapsing
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    The same can be said about any team. No team is deep enough to survive losing 3/5 of their starting OL.

  9. darkneptune73 says:
    December 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Actually the Vikings weakness is coldness, as we saw on Saturday.

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    You mean the game the Vikings shut out the Packers? Yeah, I can see how someone would think of that as a weakness.

  10. The Vikings as a franchise are the most snake bitten playoff team in the history of the NFL. It’s like Charlie Brown lining up to kick a FG and Lucy pulling the ball every single time. The entertainment value isn’t the game itself, its the innovative way the Vikings will find to lose the game.

  11. whatjusthapped says:
    December 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm
    The Vikings as a franchise are the most snake bitten playoff team in the history of the NFL. It’s like Charlie Brown lining up to kick a FG and Lucy pulling the ball every single time. The entertainment value isn’t the game itself, its the innovative way the Vikings will find to lose the game.
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    Not nearly as fun as watching Brett Hundley try to throw TDs at Lambeau Field. How many is he up to now?

    Congrats on your OT victory over Cleveland.

  12. The SuperBowl primed and ready Vikings were given two INT’s on silver platters, playing against Packer defensive players no one had seen before or names you could pronounce.

    Hundley had all the time in the world to throw the ball (was he even sacked?,) but cannot throw. He’s terrible. It wasn’t because of any vaunted pressure, that’s for sure. Seven drive-killing Packer “drops,” not caused by the Vikings. Just drops. three of which occurred on third down.

    How did the Vikings capitalize? One TD.

    Yup, they’re ready.

  13. I wonder if/how MM and TT will convince the NFL to let them keep AR after breaking the IR rules. Any other team/player and they’d be forced to release him.

  14. darkneptune73 says:
    December 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    Actually the Vikings weakness is coldness, as we saw on Saturday.

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    If thats their weakness as a fan ill take it. The Vikings might play all their playoff games in doors. Their coldest game if anything would be in Philadelphia which isnt even close to as Cold as Green Bay.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    December 27, 2017 at 3:44 pm
    So, after listening to this, there is no one specific weak link in the Vikings. It’s their natural and in-born propensity for failure that will do them in. Got it.

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    Packers irrelevant

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