The Minnesota Vikings have officially held on to a spot for the 2019 post-season. According to NFL.com, following the Los Angeles Rams‘ unexpected 34-31 loss to the 49ers (12-3) on Saturday night, the Vikings (10-4) have clinched a playoff position in the NFC playoffs. Minnesota needed either a Rams loss or tie to stay in the postseason. The Rams(8-7) are now the first team since the 2016 Panthers and Broncos to miss the postseason the season following playing in the Super Bowl. Carolina went 15-1 in the regular season, fell to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50 in 2015 before going 6-10, finishing at the bottom of the NFC South in 2016. The Broncos, who went 12-4 in 2015, followed through with their Super Bowl-winning season with a 9-7 record and third-place finish in the AFC West.
The Vikings still have to conquer the field on Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. With San Francisco’s victory, the Rams were eliminated from postseason contention. The Vikings have clinched one of the six spots in this year’s NFC playoff bracket. Minnesota most likely has to take a cautious approach when it comes to the status of their team during the final two games of their schedule. According to the Viking Age, Dalvin Cook was ruled out for Monday night’s battle against the Packers. With the Vikings holding on to a playoff spot on Saturday, the expectation the running back is sitting out in Week 17 is quite high.
The Vikings still have a try at securing the No. 3 seed by beating the Packers on Monday night and the Bears next week. The hope is for the Packers lose their final game to Detroit. “Cousins has led the charge throughout the winning streak, completing 91-of-116 passes (78.4 percent) for 1,261 yards with 10 touchdowns and an interception since Week 5. He has a passer rating of 137.1 during that span.” said Chris Corso on the team’s official website. Viking’s running back, Dalvin Cook toppled his first career 1,000-yard rushing season after surpassing the mark in Week 11. Minnesota’s offensive army behind Cousins, Diggs, Thielen and the running back Dalvin Cook can be lethal. According to Bleacher Report, the Vikings’ 37-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13 fractured their playoff run. Entering that game, the 9-2 ranked Seahawks and 8-3 Vikings trailed the NFC’s two wild-card spots. Meanwhile, the 9-3 Packers dominated the NFC North.
Cook’s health has been of concern as he is dealing with a shoulder injury that is going to keep him out of the week’s matchup but he should get some rest before directing to the playoffs. Minnesota has a gifted roster, Mike Zimmer is getting the best out of them. If they can find a way to conquer the Packers this week, they will have a chance to win the division. With all of that being said and done, congratulations are in order to the Vikings. Stay tuned for more information.