NFL playoff picture 2013: Vikings have a few ways in

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have a few ways to make the NFL playoffs this year.

If the NFL playoffs started following Week 15's games, the Minnesota Vikings would be the No. 6 seed in the NFC. Unfortunately, there's a lot of work to be done, and they might not even control their own destiny.

There are five teams in the NFC that are 8-6, including the Vikings. The Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants all share the same record. One of the three NFC East teams will get the division crown, but the other two could still knock Minnesota out for the wild card spot.

This is assuming that the Seattle Seahawks get the other wildcard spot (or the San Francisco 49ers if the Seahawks can manage a division title). If the Bears and Vikings finish with the same record, the Vikings will get the tiebreak in every scenario. In other words, if the Vikings win out and the Bears win out, but the other teams fall behind, then the Vikings are in the playoffs no matter what.

Dallas and Washington play each other in Week 17, so one of them will not finish 10-6, so that helps a little bit. Unfortunately, the Giants hold a tiebreak over the Vikings, while the Cowboys would hold a tiebreak over them, so the best way for Minnesota to get in would be for the Giants to not win out.

Minnesota could actually get in at 9-7 if the same scenarios above are met, just with everyone being 9-7 instead of 10-6, which is very unlikely.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.