4 things the Vikings still have left to play for this season

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A top-five draft pick

The Minnesota Vikings have some tough games coming out of their bye week. They face the Green Bay Packers this week followed by fellow division rivals the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. The Vikings are well behind both these teams this season and will be underdogs in all of these contests.

There’s a strong chance that by Week 11 the Vikings could be looking at a 1-8 record. If that does come to fruition, the team can play for a high draft pick. They aren’t going to flat out tank but could just start using young and inexperienced players at key positions. They could make a move at quarterback and try Sean Mannion, Nate Stanley, or Jake Browning. They could try different guys on the offensive like Kyle Hinton and Oli Udoh. The team could also increase the reps in their secondary to players like Harrison Hand and Josh Metellus. This will give these young players experience, but it will also result in plenty of losses for the team all but assuring them a very early draft choice.

The Vikings likely won’t be worse than the New York Jets but could be nipping at their heels. Getting a top quarterback like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance would be huge for this team.

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The NFL has shifted toward young quarterbacks who can make plays with their legs and are not the conventional drop-back passer. The Vikings would benefit greatly from getting one of these players on their roster who can be the center of their offense for the next ten years. Landing that kind of prospect is something that is definitely worth playing for.