After last Monday night’s loss to the Bears, the Vikings no longer held their NFC seeding destiny in their own hands.
The Vikes, as we know, had no problem with the Giants, who looked as enthused about the game as a typical kid is about the first day of school.
That left Viking fans and players in the peculiar position of rooting for the Cowboys. Thankfully, the Cowboys have been as hot as any team in the NFC lately, and were able to rout the Eagles 24-0.
The Vikings now know that they will not have to play next week. This gives some of their dinged-up players a chance to recover. It also gives the brain trust extra time to concoct a gameplan for whoever they end up facing in the 2nd round.
And, most importantly, it places the Vikings in a position where, if someone manages to knock off the Saints, they would get a shot at hosting the NFC Championship Game.
The way the Vikings have played at home this year, especially today against the Giants, I would like their chances against any team in the NFC if the game is at the Metrodome.
Even the Packers, whom the Vikings would be facing for the third time this season.