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Is he still Chicago's guy?
This slide is a little lengthy, but I think well worth it.
A sure sign of Minnesota’s comeback has to be establishing victories within the division. One thing you have to say about Dennis Green: He had a very good record against the NFC North. We have been mediocre since then.
This is kind of depressing, so you may need to turn away. Since 2000, the Vikings have the following record versus our NFC North foes.
Packers 16-Vikings 9, Packers 4-0 the last two years.
Bears 14-Vikings 10, Bears 4-0 the last two years.
Lions: 3-Vikings 21, Sounds great, but…. Lions lead 3-1 the last two years. Will someone please go check to see if the sky is falling?
It's an absolute must the Vikings turn the tide of these recent dismal results.
Here is probably some senseless researched information:
Since 2002, the Vikings have played the Lions first five times, the Bears first twice and the Packers three times, two of those meetings coming in Week 1.
The Vikings' most common division opponent lately is the Bears. The Vikings have played the Bears five times and no earlier than Week 13 for the second game, except for 2002, when Minnesota played them the second time in Week 8.
The largest gap between games falls between the Vikes and Lions. In eight of the 10 years, there has been at least a six-week separation between games.
Conversely, the team the Vikings play most with less time between games is the Packers. Minnesota has played them four times with four weeks or less between games, and those include the bye week.
Speaking of the bye week, the Vikings' most common bye week has been Week 5. They have had that three times, Week 4 twice, Week 9 twice and Week 6 twice.
As if any of this matters I predict the Vikings will play the Lions first, then the Bears followed by the Packers. Minnesota have only played all three teams three times before the bye, so it is likely the Vikings will not get to play all three division foes before their bye.
My guess is, the bye will come around Week 6. The Vikings will probably play the Bears sometime in Week 13 or 15 because Minnesota has played them three times in Weeks 13 and 15.
If the Vikings can steal a win at home against one of their division rivals, and take four of five from other opponents, then 5-3 is possible.