6 reasons why the Minnesota Vikings will make the 2020 playoffs
By Adam Patrick
Minnesota’s remaining schedule
The good news is that the Vikings have already gone through the difficult part of their schedule. Of Minnesota’s remaining six opponents this season, only one qualified for the 2019 playoffs (New Orleans Saints).
Weather won’t be a factor for the Vikings either as five of their last six games will take place indoors and their one outdoor matchup will be played in Tampa, Florida. So that is one thing Minnesota won’t have to worry about for the rest of the season.
Of the six games left on the Vikings’ schedule, only two of them will be against a team that currently has a winning record (Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). And while Minnesota’s Week 16 opponent, New Orleans, has won each of their last four games, the Vikings’ other five remaining opponents have combined to go 4-16 in their last four matchups this season.
ESPN’s Football Power Index has Minnesota with the 25th-hardest remaining schedule in the NFL. It shouldn’t be difficult for the Vikings to get at least four or five wins during the next weeks and Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys should be a good reminder for the team to not underestimate any of the opponents left on their schedule.