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2012 NFL Draft: Vikings Need Help To Draft No. 1

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The Minnesota Vikings now have a chance to draft No. 1 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, but they likely need the Indianapolis Colts to continue their unexpected hot streak to finish the season. Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Minnesota are each tied for the league's worst record with two wins apiece, but the tiebreaker goes to the team that has the worst strength of schedule. According to SB Nation Indiana, that gives the Colts the advantage:

Minnesota's strength of schedule currently sits at .587 and is buoyed by two games with Green Bay. St. Louis has a strength of schedule at .566, which will likely go up int he final two games. Indianapolis is at .547.

Though the Vikings are currently third in that troika, St. Louis is likely going to see their strength of schedule go up with games against Pittsburgh and San Francisco to finish the season. Both are already playoff teams. Minnesota finishes against Washington and Chicago, who will both likely miss the playoffs. Washington is already out, but Chicago, at 7-7, is a wild card that still has a small chance of making the playoffs. their better record than Jacksonville (Indy's final opponent) does not help the Vikings. That makes Minnesota's best case scenario an Indianapolis win over Jacksonville next week.

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