Opinion Corner: 8-8 possible for VikesPipe dreams can be useful, too. As a Minnesota Vikings fan, it’s all I have regarding my team’s playoff chances.
By: Chris Aarhus For The Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Pipe dreams can be useful, too.
As a Minnesota Vikings fan, it’s all I have regarding my team’s playoff chances.
Even if Minnesota finishes the season 3-2 — which would be a feat in itself —that still only gets the Vikings to a 9-7 record with losses to Tampa Bay and Seattle, two teams vying for a wildcard spot.
Nobody can say Minnesota didn’t have its chances. It could have won those two games and put itself in great position. Unfortunately, the Vikings aren’t good enough to win without all of their pieces.
Whatever games Percy Harvin misses the rest of the way, put your money on a loss. This team fought hard for wins at full strength and without one of its two best players, it likely can’t win.
That doesn’t mean we should throw away hope. Many predictions put the Vikings at 3-13 again and they have surpassed that. I said if they got to seven wins this season, I’d be a pretty happy Vikings fan. I’d say wins against the Bears at home and vs. the Rams, with losses to the Texans and the Packers twice for an 8-8 record.
If that happens, you won’t hear me complain.
Houston (10-1) at Tennessee (4-7): The Texans are kind of like the Falcons of the AFC. They seem to squeak by everyone, good or bad. More of the same. Texans 27, Titans 23
New England (8-3) at Miami (5-6): The Dolphins have been resilient and should put up a good fight here. Patriots 31, Dolphins 20
Jacksonville (2-9) at Buffalo (4-7): With quarterback Chad Henne at the helm, this should surprisingly be an entertaining game. Expect a shootout. Jaguars 38, Bills 35
Indianapolis (7-4) at Detroit (4-7): The Colts may have a better record, but this could be a trap game for Indy. The Lions offense is explosive. Lions 34, Colts 31
Carolina (3-8) at Kansas City (1-10): It’s really hard to imagine the Chiefs beating anyone right now with that anemic offense. Maybe they’ll call for Christian Ponder. Panthers 24, Chiefs 13
Arizona (4-7) at N.Y. Jets (4-7): Which quarterback won’t screw up the win here? I’ll say Sanchez. Jets 13, Cardinals 10
San Francisco (8-2-1) at St. Louis (4-6-1): The two teams tied when they played earlier this season, an ending to a game that should never be allowed. In the spirit of terrible ties, I’m going to pick it. Rams 23, 49ers 23, tie.
Minnesota (6-5) at Green Bay (7-4): Visions of Aaron Rodgers completing passes on quick-slant patterns over and over. The Vikings couldn’t stop it when Brett Favre played; they can’t stop it now. Packers 27, Vikings 23
Seattle (6-5) at Chicago (8-3): The Bears have problems and they tend to struggle against teams that look like them. Seahawks 24, Bears 20
Tampa Bay (6-5) at Denver (8-3): Like Miami, Tampa Bay is resilient. They find a way. If only they weren’t facing Peyton Manning. Broncos 20, Bucs 17
Cincinnati (6-5) at San Diego (4-7): Andy Dalton is heating up, while Philip Rivers stays ice cold. Bengals 31, Chargers 23
Cleveland (3-8) at Oakland (3-8): A pair of terrible teams squaring off, but it’s hard to ignore Cleveland’s 0-5 record on the road this year. Raiders 30, Chargers 24
Pittsburgh (6-5) at Baltimore (9-2): No Big Ben, no win. Ravens 17, Steelers 14
Philadelphia (3-8) at Dallas (5-6): I’m not sure a team has done less with more talent than Philly. Dallas is typically the team to hold on to that spot. Cowboys 28, Eagles 17
N.Y. Giants (7-4) at Washington (5-6): Robert Griffin III has the talent to keep the Redskins in most games, but the Giants appear poised for a late-season run. Giants 38, Redskins 28
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