Minnesota Vikings Playoff Odds Dead

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The Minnesota Vikings playoff odds and projections during the course of their 2023 season have resembled that of a terrifying roller coaster ride. They started the season 0-3, before a 5-game winning streak pushed them two games over .500.

Then, the losing resurfaced for a few weeks, before they found a way to beat the Raiders 3-0 in Las Vegas, just to give another game away in week 15 vs the Cincinnati Bengals.

In week 16, the Vikings hosted the Detroit Lions for a very important division game on Christmas Eve. Mullens threw four interceptions and the Vikings lost 30-24, officially foiling their hopes of winning the NFC North and sending their playoff odds plummeting, yet again.

Jaren Hall didn’t fare any better in week 17 vs the Green Bay Packers. After getting his second start of the season and struggling, he was pulled at halftime and Mullens was re-inserted as QB1 for the 2nd half of a blow out loss vs Green Bay that all but eliminated them from playoff contention.

And even with some fans cheering for the loss and better draft position, the Vikings still had a chance for some magic to happen in week 18. Nick Mullens could not move the ball well enough and even with a killer 2nd half for guys like Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison, the Lions were just too much for the Vikings. The Vikings no longer have a chance at the playoffs.

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NFC Playoff Picture Entering Wild Card Weekend

Exiting Week 18, Minnesota has been eliminated from playoff contention. This is the playoff picture with wild card weekend upcoming.

NFC Division LeadersNFC WildcardsEliminated
*1. (W) 49ers | 12-55. (E) *Eagles | 11-6(W) Seahawks | 9-8
2. (E) *Cowboys | 12-56. (W) *Rams | 10-7(S) Saints | 9-8
3. (*N) Lions | 12-57. (N) Packers | 9-8(N) Vikings | 7-10
4. (S) Bucs | 9-8(N) Bears | 7-10
Division: (N)orth, (S)outh, (E)ast, (W)est | *clinched playoff spot | (*X) clinched division | *# Clinch Seed

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Current Minnesota Vikings playoff odds dead

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Minnesota Vikings odds to make the playoffs (via wildcard)

New York Times: 0% (Last Wk: 3%)

PlayoffStatus.com: 0% (Last Wk: 1%)

TeamRankings.com: 0% (Last Wk: =1.4%)

ESPN FPI: 0% (Last Wk: 2.8%)

If they had won in Detroit in their final game, their chances would have been higher, but they needed a lot to happen and unfortunately, none of that happened anyway. The Vikings would have needed to play much better in the weeks leading up to week 18 to have a chance.

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