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Well Dru Samia Jersey nfl draft , they may not be as much of a Super Bowl favorite as they were to begin the season, but the Vikings still have a pretty good chance to make the playoffs with four games left to play.A more detailed look at the remaining schedule for potential playoff contenders makes that more clear.Here is a look:VikingsThey play at Seattle in what may be the pivotal game in terms of who gets the higher wild card spot.A win here would also keep them in contention for the NFC North division title.The next two weeks- at home against the Dolphins and at Detroit - look a little easier before the Bears come to town for what could be a division title match.The ContendersHere’s where things look more favorable for the Vikings.As it stands now, the Vikings are the 6th seed, and the Seahawks the 5th seed.The Cowboys, Bears, Saints and Rams are the division leaders. Okay.But those on the heels of the Vikings for the 6th and final playoff seed are not looking at particularly favorable schedules the rest of the way.Here’s what I mean:CAROLINAThe Panthers are the 7th seed currently, but have gone from 6-2 to 6-6 over the past four weeks, and some say they could finish 6-10.They play the Saints twice in the last four weeks, and also the Falcons and a much better Browns team on the road.To me, that looks like an 8-8 record at best by the end of the season.EAGLESThe Eagles are currently the 8th seed, also at 6-6, and the Vikings have the head-to-head matchup advantage against them as well.More than that, the Eagles remaining schedule is at Dallas, at the Rams, Texans at home, and at Washington to end the season.Again, an 8-8 record looks about the best case scenario for the Eagles here, and 7-9 would not be the least bit surprising given their remaining schedule.REDSKINSWashington is also 6-6, and the 9th seed Replica Dru Samia Jersey , but now on their 3rd string QB to finish the season.The Giants at home, the Jags and Titans on the road, before finishing at home against the Eagles isn’t too bad a schedule, but the Redskins with Mark Sanchez are going to need Adrian Peterson about as much as the Christian Ponder-led Vikings did, and even then it’s a tough road.I don’t see the Redskins winning more than two more games, and they may go 0-4, or 0-7 really, to finish the season.BUCCANEERS At 5-7 and the 10th seed, the Buccaneers are not officially eliminated yet, but would need to win all their games to have a chance - Saints, at Ravens and Cowboys, home against the Falcons.Good luck.PACKERSAt 4-7-1, the Packers are pretty much done, but I put them on there as a theoretical possibility to land the last wild card spot.The play the Falcons, at the Bears and Jets, before finishing at home against the Lions in what could be the NFC North basement bowl.What Does That All Mean ? When you break it down this way, 8-7-1 looks pretty good as far as taking the 6th seed at this point.Sure, the Panthers or Eagles could catch fire and run the table, but more realistically I don’t see any of the Vikings contenders for a 6th seed wild card spot finishing the season any better than 8-8.That means the Vikings could still lose to the Seahawks and Bears Dru Samia Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , so long as they beat the Dolphins at home and the Lions in Detroit, and still make the playoffs.And if that happened they would likely face the Bears again at Soldier Field in the first round of the playoffs, with a less likely, but still possible chance of facing the Cowboys on the road.On the other hand, if the Vikings finish strong and go 4-0 to finish the season, I suspect they would take the NFC North crown again and face either the Bears at home (for the 2nd straight week) or the Seahawks.Bottom line, the Vikings need to take care of business the next three weeks, and then have a damn good game plan to beat the Bears more than once if need be. Last May, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins compared Kyle Rudolph to a mattress. Come September, the connection was, relatively speaking, comatose.This year, things could be different.“I’ve done a better job this camp . . . of just trusting him more and throwing it to him even when he’s covered,” Cousins told reporters on Wednesday. “I think today there were probably two or three examples of him catching the ball with the defender draped over him or pretty close to him. He is just such a trustworthy target, so little things like that, building a chemistry with him, you would’ve loved to say I did that last year, but I don’t think I did enough.”So what has changed?“He just continues to show that when you throw it to him in those moments, he makes you right Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched ,” Cousins said. “He catches it. The play he made in the back of the end zone today was just really impressive. He kind of ran out of real estate and stopped, and just had to kind of post-up, just did a great job of walling the defender without committing a pass interference and then making a strong catch. He did a similar thing in a corner route in the front corner of the end zone at the end of practice and he had a couple others through 7-on-7s and other periods in previous days, so the more you do it the more you see it, the more you realize that’s a strength of his. I guess look back and regret a little bit not doing that more with him last year and then look forward to this year and giving him more opportunities to make it right. When really everything in you is telling you, ‘Hey, he’s really not open, but let’s give him a shot.'”Cousins attributed the different not to trust but to reps.“When you really think about it, it was, I think, 13 practices last spring and then you have training camp and then from there you really go back to scout team,” Cousins said. “It is hard to build that because the scout team guys aren’t really covering you, they are just kind of shadowing you. The number of full-speed practices you have to build that repertoire of understanding your players is not as much as you’d like to have. I think the more years together tends to develop that.”That’s what the Vikings are hoping will happen this year, but it’s another example of why the expectations for the Vikings got out of whack in 2018. This year, the Vikings seem to be in far better position to contend for the playoffs; last year, they got close. This year, maybe they’ll pull it off.

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