4 previous times the Vikings started 6-6 and everything that happened after

How did the Minnesota Vikings fare the last four times the team started 6-6?

Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson / Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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Currently sitting with a 6-6 record, how did things turn out for the Minnesota Vikings during the previous four times they began a season with a 6-6 record?

It’s been a see-saw 2023 season for the Minnesota Vikings. So far this year, the Vikings started 1-4, then won five straight games, and then lost their last two games. Along the way, Minnesota also lost franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins for the rest of the season after he tore his Achilles.

But somehow, at 6-6, the Vikings are still in second place in the NFC North, with two matchups against the division-leading Detroit Lions remaining before the season ends.

New quarterback Josh Dobbs will have to step up and likely get Minnesota to 10 or 11 wins just to earn a spot in the playoffs. That's a tall order, but anything's possible.

Since the franchise began play in 1961, the Vikings have started a season 6-6 a dozen times, including four times since the 2000 campaign.

Let's take a look back at how Minnesota finished each of the previous four seasons in which they began their schedule with six wins in their first 12 games, just as they have in 2023.