Vikings closing in on wild card berth after win over Lions

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The Vikings aren’t in the playoffs just yet, but they’re getting close.

Minnesota went to Detroit today, shook off a slow start and dominated for most of the game, winning 27-9 after falling behind 9-0.

The win improves the Vikings’ record to 8-6-1 and means that if they beat the Bears next week, they’re in the playoffs. The Vikings also can reach the playoffs even if they lose next week, if they get some help. And the Vikings could catch a break, as the Bears might be resting their starters next week.

The Lions, meanwhile, are going nowhere. They’ve been a poorly coached team under Matt Patricia, who inherited the 9-7 club Jim Caldwell coached and is now at 5-10. Patricia’s job appears to be safe, but it’s fair to ask whether it should be. He’s done a lousy job.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, however, has to like where his team is. Minnesota is 2-0 since making Kevin Stefanski the offensive coordinator, and the Vikings may just be a tough team to beat in January.

40 responses to “Vikings closing in on wild card berth after win over Lions

  1. Still way to conservative for my liking. To much of this up, down, up, down crap is not going to get them far.

  2. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:13 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Lions, the Lions beat themselves.

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    You’ve been saying that the past 50 years

  3. Hate to tell you this Vikings fans but Kirk will choke away the playoffs next week. It is what he does. Expect turnovers, garbage stats, and a loss — that is what Kirk serves up in big games.

  4. The NFL should be very happy as they move the league even closer towards having 32 mediocre teams!

  5. The Vikings are the best. Came out of the gate playing like a bunch of wild animals running through walls for Zimmer. He had them ready to roll in Detroit. Apparently beating the Lions and finishing second in your division is the very definition of world-class to some. When you have a GM that can you find great talent, and a coach that can take that talent and reduce it to less than the sum of its parts, you have the makings of a world-class organization. Minnesota Vikings. The benchmark for success in the NFL.

  6. The lions sleepwalked their way to a 9-0 lead halfway through the second quarter. Whatever matty P said to them on the sideline at that point, it worked. Maybe he reminded them of what they had to play for. We aren’t privy to the details of what transpired on that sideline, what coaching genius was dispensed. But they succeeded in failing to answer 27 points from there on. They may not get a top 5 pick when it’s all said and done, but with the way they are finishing the season it would be well deserved. Finishing strong with a loss at GB will assuredly secure a top 10 pick anyway. Not shabby for his first year as a Lions coach. Next year he’ll work his way into the top 5.

  7. Hey Frank, you,Stella and a few others are always here. The Vikings started slow but prevailed as did the Packers although they took overtime to beat the Jets. The Jets? All of you were heckling Vikings fans about not playing stand up ball against the Bills. Most of you need to grow up and act like mature adults. Most of the mature Packers and Vikings fans know how to talk smack without sounding immature or less than knowledgeable. Grow up.

  8. Win and you’re in! It’s just that simple, we can beat the Bears if we dont turn the ball over as Zimmers defense will give this team a chance next weekend. Beat the Bears!

  9. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Still way to conservative for my liking. To much of this up, down, up, down crap is not going to get them far.
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    Yes, I hear you, but if playing too conservative means a 27 to 8 point win is wrong I don’t want to be right. But like I said, I get your meaning. Next weeks game will be very very very telling of any post season success.

  10. jurgyisgod says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    Hate to tell you this Vikings fans but Kirk will choke away the playoffs next week. It is what he does. Expect turnovers, garbage stats, and a loss — that is what Kirk serves up in big games.
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    Well we have been told that he is overpaid – there are a few 100+ million $ QB’s already eliminated from the playoffs

    We have been told he won’t finish with a winning record because he is a career below .500 QB – also not true

    Kirk carried the team when the D was bad the first 1/4 of the season. Now the D is on track and all he has to do is to get to 20pts. Guy is having one the best statistical season of a Vikings QB in history, has them on the brink of a playoff birth, and they seem to be getting hot at the right time.

  11. Nice thing about being a Vikings fan is there is no shortage of haters who either have come out of the woodwork from Chicago or continue to talk smack even though their team is out of it and will be for another decade. Enjoy your time studying for the draft in April guys.

  12. I would have liked the win to beat a division rival, and to shut up some fans on here, but probably the best outcome for the future of The Lions.

    Some of that play calling by Matty P and JBC was atrocious, especially when we had a chance to take a big lead on several occasions in the 1st half.

  13. Remember this comment next season:
    This years Bears are last Years Jags. They put together a nice run this year. Good on you Chicago.

    Cousin’s may not be Favre but he’s the most promising long term Viking QB since Tarkenton and it’s not even close.

    Vikings have never won a SB so maybe my fellow Minny fans could simmer down on the chest puffing

    Nice little OT win for the Pack. You may very well have given Bowles a nice parting gift. Too bad he never had a QB until it was too late.
    Pack have missed the playoffs 2 years running and it doesn’t look to improve any time soon. So goes the cycle. Simmer down on the chest puffing.

  14. Go Bears! Go Eagles.

    Do Vikings fans a solid and have the Bears win. Vikes will embarrass themselves again, they’re only slightly better than the Pack and the Pack stink

  15. Not only are the Vikings going to beat the Bears next week, but they are going to beat them two weeks in a row. And then we will watch the Bears go 8-8 next season with their first place schedule while the Vikings win the division again.

  16. The Lions has a great offensive game plan to protect Stafford. But we all saw that the best they could hope for was a competitive first half and a solid beat down for the next 30 minutes. The Lions simply stink, and it didn’t take the Vikings overtime to beat a lousy team.

  17. @frank booth cracks me up. He hasn’t been heard from since 1985, but his last place schedule Bears have played well this season and this guy won’t shut up. It’s ok. He’s earned the right to talk. For now. Hey pal, make sure you don’t go anywhere the rest of the season.

  18. Cousins is 4-24 against teams with winning records. On the big stage he chokes (0-7 on MNF.) He is very nice guy but don’t look for him to carry the Vikings to win in Chicago. Not gonna happen.

  19. Patricia got a RB to gain 100 yards in a game. That’s more than than the previous 2 or 3 coaches could do. And that was with a 2nd place schedule.

  20. conormacleod says:
    December 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm
    @frank booth cracks me up. He hasn’t been heard from since 1985, but his last place schedule Bears have played well this season and this guy won’t shut up. It’s ok. He’s earned the right to talk. For now. Hey pal, make sure you don’t go anywhere the rest of the season.
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    Been here for years. I actually don’t expect the Bears to beat the Vikings in the playoffs, not with the Vikings experience and talent. And I’ll be here to take my medicine if they lose. Unlike Vikings’ fans, I can see that the team that I pull for has flaws. And it certainly doesn’t wreck my day if they lose, so you guys can chirp all that you want, which you already do anyhow.

  21. wozzmann1955 says:
    December 23, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Bears are going to put Vikes away next week,,,book it

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    How so? They put the 9ers away today…….lol

  22. Its not the Viking’s fault that the Lions are terrible and the NFL schedule makers put them in December. But don’t get too far ahead of yourselves, the playoffs have a way of separating the wheat from the chaff and the Vikings have been chaff for 57 straight years. And this year isn’t looking too promising.

  23. I am a pessimist regarding the Vikings playoff chances. I still remember the loss to the Cardinals in a win and in situation. The Vikings could not win SB’s and now they can’t win NFC Championship games. However, I am still a fan and in every game of an NFL season we hear of or see things that turn the tide in a teams season. Now some will say I am being delusional, but who knows, it still could be the Vikings year.

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