Minnesota Vikings: The best playoff scenario is to just win


The Minnesota Vikings enter Sunday night’s game with the possibility of playing one of three opponents. What is a team to do?

You’ll hear a lot throughout this week what matchup folks want the Minnesota Vikings to have in the first round of the playoffs. The Vikings could either host a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, travel back to Wisconsin for the second straight week for the third game of the season against the Green Bay Packers or head out east to take on Washington.

Many are scared of the Seahawks and for some good reason, they beat down the Vikings earlier this season and they have found success in the playoffs. The same can be said about the Green Bay Packers, sure, the Pack have been up and down this season, but with Aaron Rodgers, anything is possible. If you could handpick the opponent, it seems like the majority of folks would pick Washington since they come from the weak NFC East, but they’ve looked pretty good as of late, too.

What should the Vikings do? Just win, baby.

That’s a simple and obvious request, but football is all about momentum. The Vikings had a lot of momentum earlier in the season and the train is starting to regain steam with a good showing against the Arizona Cardinals and the victory over the New York Giants. Sometimes you don’t have to be the best team, you just have to be the hottest team.

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Teddy Bridgewater has found a rhythm. Adrian Peterson has, too. The defense is finally getting healthy again. The cogs in the machine are all moving in the same direction for seemingly the first time all season and at the right time.

While playoff seeding is fun, you play to win the game. Win the game and take on the Seattle Seahawks. The ultimate goal would go through these tough teams anyway, so you might as well take them on in the first round, too.

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The Vikings face off against the Packers in the season finale for the NFC North Championship on Sunday Night Football.