Myth No. 6
Minnesota stinks in primetime
Let’s be clear, the Vikings are not great in primetime games. But as they are not great at night, that does not necessarily designate them as bad in primetime matchups.
The most astute way to put it in this by saying that Minnesota is average in primetime games. Very average.
Amid the last five years, the Vikings have a 10-10 record in primetime showdowns. This is the 15th-best record in the NFL. The cross-state rival Packers are also .500 in these specific contests, owning a 14-14 record (you know where this is headed). So, if Minnesota flounders in primetime, then so does Green Bay.
Yes, it is mildly unbecoming that the fifth-best team in all of football since 2015 (the Vikings) is mediocre in primetime matchups. But run-of-the-mill performance in late games does not equate to an all-encompassing statement of “Minnesota is bad at night.”
A judicious way to think of it is that the Vikings are much better when playing outside of primetime games. But, overall, they are not bad when playing in primetime.