Minnesota Vikings are now Super Bowl or bust

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: Terence Newman /

An NFC North crown cannot be the end of the accomplishments this season for the Minnesota Vikings.

Two NFC North titles in three years. That’s an impressive stat for the Minnesota Vikings in a division that sports top shelf quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford, especially considering the Vikings have had three different starting quarterbacks in that three year span. While winning the division is a nice accomplishment for the Vikings, it can’t be the biggest accomplishment that the purple achieves this season.

A simple first round by doesn’t suffice. Heck, an NFC Championship doesn’t cut it either. The Minnesota Vikings need to be Super Bowl or bust.

The path is decently clear for the Vikings in the NFC. Currently, the Vikings are the two seed in the conference behind the Philadelphia Eagles, but I like the Vikings chances in a potential matchup with the NFC East foes. The Eagles are onto their backup quarterback in Nick Foles, a very good backup QB, but he hasn’t had much time with the first team this year with the Eagles. The Vikings can survive that hurdle and have shown they can beat that caliber of a team.

The Los Angeles Rams are tough team but the Vikings handled them easily a couple weeks ago at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks are banged up and were just throttled by those Rams the Vikings handled. The New Orleans Saints look like a tough opponent and aren’t exactly the same team the Vikings defeated in the first week of the season, but the Vikings can still beat them.

It looks like the only potential NFC playoff team that defeated the Vikings is the Carolina Panthers. There’s a multitude of reasons why that game can be written off as a standalone clunker for the purple, too.

Simply, there is no excuses for the Vikings not to make it to the Super Bowl. The offense has amazing weapons with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen that are consistently getting the ball from Case Keenum. Latavius Murray has made Vikings fans forget about the loss of Dalvin Cook. The offensive line this year has been an asset and not the worst unit in football. That’s just some of the offense and none of the defense.

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The Vikings defense is one of the most fun defenses to watch in the NFL and their play if very effective. It’s a defense that has shutdown, for example, one of the best combos in the league of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. If that combination can be stopped, anything can be stopped by this Vikings defense.

It is time for Minnesota to get to the Super Bowl again. It’ll be over 41 years since the Vikings last Super Bowl appearance by the time the game rolls into U.S. Bank Stadium this February. Might as well break the drought when the game is literally being played in your home. There’s no stopping this Vikings team.

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The next opponent to try to stop the Minnesota Vikings will be the Green Bay Packers. The rivalry game will be held on Saturday night in eastern Wisconsin.