5 teams that stand in the way of the Vikings making the playoffs

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The Minnesota Vikings still have a chance to make the playoffs this season but there are a number of teams that stand in the way of that possibility.

2021 has been an up and down season for the Minnesota Vikings. At times, they look like they are a playoff-caliber team while they can seem like an inept squad at other teams, making them a tough team to evaluate.

Following their victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 15, the Vikings have a 7-7 record with three games left to play this season. Getting back to .500 is a good accomplishment, but Minnesota now has to focus on getting to the postseason.

At the moment, there are several teams fighting for a playoff spot in the highly-competitive NFC. Sadly, the Packers have already locked down the NFC North, leaving the Vikings hoping for a Wild Card spot.

But which teams stand in the way of Minnesota earning a playoff spot this season? And which squads should fans be watching closely during the final three weeks of the NFL season? Here are five teams that could cause Minnesota to be at home during this year’s playoffs.