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Since we started delving into this, the Vikings have had two big wins (Jets, Lions) a crippling loss at home to New Orleans in the race for a first round bye, and now that we’ve had a head to head division game against Everson Griffen Jersey Detroit, things are becoming even more clear. If this is the first time you’ve come across this new series, you can get caught up here and here.If you don’t want to take the time to get caught up, a quick primer, if I may: I’ve been using two sites to help with playoff percentages and seeding, the 538 playoff predictor, and Playoff Predictions dot com, which allow you to waste hours of your day coming up with ‘if-then’ win-loss scenarios to see who is in and who is out of the playoffs. The last two weeks have been a roller coaster for the Vikings and the playoffs. After the Jets game their post season chances shot up to 68%:But after the home loss to New Orleans, it dropped to pretty much 50-50:That loss to the Saints made the Lions game almost a ‘must win’ game, and thankfully, they did win. What’s that? Matthew Stafford just got sacked coming off the plane on the Detroit tarmac? Brutal.Anyways, let’s go to 538’s playoff model to see where things stand today:For the first time since we started looking closely at this, two NFC North teams have over a 50% chance to reach the playoffs. Minnesota’s playoff chances jumped from 51% to 58%, but Chicago took the biggest leap, jumping 15% to 55%. And the division is now going to be won by either Chicago or Minnesota, barring epic collapses by both.There’s a reason the Vikings-Bears game two weeks from now was flexed to Sunday night, and Minnesota has gone from clear-cut division favorite three weeks ago to yet another must win game coming up against Chicago. In Soldier Field, mind you Brett Jones Jersey Black Friday , where the Vikings have done oh so well in recent years. Minnesota is still the favorite to win the division, even though they are currently in second place, and they’ve actually won two of their last three in Chicago, and six of seven overall against the Bears. But going to Chicago will always give me ‘oh my God how did Chad Hutchinson play so well’ kind of nightmares, and that game always fills me with doubt. Heck, the Bears almost won there last year, had it not been for a game saving interception by Harrison Smith. So yeah, this game against the Bears is huge, as will be the season finale at US Bank Stadium.On the flip side, though, whatever chances Green Bay and Detroit had to make the playoffs pretty much ended yesterday. The Packers lost their second straight game, this one to New England on Sunday Night, and have now lost three of four and find themselves at 3-4-1 on the year. Detroit was dealt what looks to be a mortal blow with their 24-9 loss to the Vikings. After climbing out of 0-2 and 1-3 holes to get to 3-3, consecutive losses have them at 3-5, and ended most realistic scenarios for Detroit to make the post-season.Still, it’s not over for either team. Heck, I remember a Vikings team that was at 6-6 in 2012, and needed to win four games in a row to make the playoffs, and they did. Heck, in 2016, the Packers were at 4-6, and ran the table all the way to the NFC Championship game. Nothing is impossible , but neither team did themselves any favors in the last couple weeks.If we go to the playoff predictions website, we can see where everyone stands in terms of conference seeding. As I mentioned earlier, the Bears are in first place in the division, and are currently the number three seed in the NFC. The Vikings have made their way back into the sixth and final seed, after being out of the playoff picture last week. The Packers are the 10th seed, dropping two spots, and Detroit stayed at the 13th spot, which is no change from last week. Had Detroit won yesterday’s game and nothing else changed, the sixth seed in the playoffs would be the 4-4 Falcons, with Detroit eighth and the Vikes ninth. Had the Bears somehow lost to the Bills yesterday with no other changes, the Vikings would be leading the division, they would be the fourth seed behind the Saints, Rams, and Redskins, with the Bears taking the sixth seed.Speaking of losses to Buffalo, that Bills loss is really looming large right now. If the Vikings had won that game in week literally everyone expected them to...Minnesota would be the third seed right now, with Washington, Carolina and Chicago rounding out the NFCplayoff picture. The Packers tie as opposed to a win in week two also has the same net effect as the Bills game, as Minnesota would be the third seed in...if Daniel Carlson made his field goal at the end of overtime. Or his one earlier in overtime, or his...never mind, you get the idea.Minnesota got through one hurdle against the Lions, and pretty much knocked Detroit out. They now enter the bye week with a chance to get Stefon Diggs and Anthony Barr back for the stretch run Tom Compton Color Rush Jersey , which kicks off with their titanic matchup against the Bears in two weeks for the division lead at stake.It’s getting fun, isn’t it? In a little more than twelve hours, we will be seeing the Minnesota Vikings play their final game before their bye week. They will be hosting their NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions, at U.S. Bank Stadium, and could use a win to get them into the bye at 5-3-1 in what is shaping up to be a tough NFC North race.The Vikings have never beaten the Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. If you want to know how to follow along with all of the action as they attempt to change that, we have all that information for you right here.Television InfoThis game will be aired on FOX affiliates across the nation. That means KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, and the kickoff time will be at noon Central. The play-by-play for this one will be handled by Thom Brennaman and Chris “Yes, I am still Rick’s brother” Spielman. If you’re not sure if you’re in the broadcast area for this one, you can check out this coverage map from the folks at 506 Sports. The Lions/Vikings game is shown in blue.If you’re looking for this one on your DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, point your box at Channel 710.For everyone in the United Kingdom, this one will not be on any of the usual NFL broadcast partners over there, so you’ll have to find something like NFL Game Pass to watch this one. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM UK time.For our men and women in uniform overseas, this game will actually be shown live on the American Forces Network! Specifically, it will be on AFN Prime Atlantic, and kickoff is scheduled for 1800Z. That means a kickoff time of 1900L for everyone in Central Europe, 2230L for fans in Afghanistan, and 0300L on Monday morning for viewers in Japan and Korea.Radio InfoIf you’re not going to be anywhere near a television for this one, you’ll be able to hear the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the Vikings Radio Network. That link goes to a list of Vikings Radio Network affiliates across the Upper Midwest. See if yours will be carrying the game. There are a couple of other places you can find it online as well, including the TuneIn radio service as well as the KFAN site (if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer only. . .it won’t work on phones or tablets).For those that have satellite radio, you can find the Vikings Radio Network feed on Sirius Channel 83. If you have XM Radio, you can hear the game on XM Channel 225. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App Kyle Rudolph Jersey , the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.Referee InfoAccording to our friends at Football Zebras, this game will be officiated by Satan himself, Pete Morelli. The last time the Vikings were forced to deal with the worst official in the National Football League was back in Week 2 of last season, as his crew officiated the Vikings’ 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.Weather InfoAs you’ve figured by now, the weather won’t affect the game itself since it’s indoors. If you’re planning on engaging in any sort of pre-game fun and festivities, you might not find it very enjoyable. Our friends at WeatherNation are calling for temperatures in the low-to-mid 30s leading up to Sunday’s contest, as well as a “wintry mix” of precipitation. It’s not winter yet, but Sunday will serve as a reminder that it’s right around the corner.Streaming InfoThere are several legal subscription services that are available in order to stream the game legally. Among them are, USTVNow, and Sling TV. If you’re overseas, your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass.Since it has recently been brought up, I want to make it perfectly clear that streams from Reddit or other places are not. . .I repeat, not. . .legal. If you’d like to argue about that, you can argue it somewhere else, because the moderators won’t listen to that garbage. Until Reddit, or anywhere else, has a deal with the National Football League, those streams are illegal and not welcome to be put up on this site. If you want to use them, go find them on your own and don’t be plastering them in the comments section here unless you’d rather not be in the comments of the Game Thread. . .or any other thread. . .here at DN.That should be all of the information you need in order to keep track of all the action from U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon. We’ll have our Open Thread for the first quarter up about an hour before kickoff or so, and we hope that you’ll join us here for all of the fun!

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