3 playoff endings we hope the Vikings avoid in 2022

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The Blowout

This is the outcome that the media probably expects for the Vikings. With their negative point differential on the season, the team has been labeled “frauds” by many. It doesn’t help that the team has been blown out multiple times this season.

They got their butts handed to them by the Eagles in Week 2, were destroyed at home against the Cowboys, and then laid an egg in Green Bay. They also were outscored 33-0 in the first half at home against the lowly Colts.

So a blowout is something we’ve seen before this season, but it is also something that we’ve seen happen to the team in recent memory, and it’s tough and heartbreaking to watch.

Most Vikings fans who are over the age of 30 probably have vivid memories of the 41-0 debacle against the New York Giants in the 2000 NFC Championship. The Vikings were destroyed in that one and couldn’t get anything going on either side of the ball.

More recently, the Vikings were blown out in Philadelphia in the 2017 NFC Championship. The team went up early 7-0, and then the defense had a few injuries, and the Case Keenum magic ran out, and the Eagles went on a 38-0 run. That team seemed like they were destined for the Super Bowl after the Minneapolis Miracle but were embarrassed.

Let’s hope the Vikings don’t suffer the same fate again during their 2022 run. Not only will they be out of the playoffs, but the fraud label will stick and will be hard for even the most die-hard of Vikings fans to defend.