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6 Ways the Vikings Can Earn a Playoff Berth
Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Vikings are a long shot to make the playoffs, and didn't help themselves by any means with their abysmal performance against the Bears on Sunday. Still, the NFL has a long history of giving a playoff berth to teams with long odds and the Vikings are in a position to take advantage of the anything-can-happen nature of the NFL.

Before last Sunday, I had estimated that the Vikings had a shade lower than a thirty percent chance of making the playoffs.

While those odds have undoubtedly changed, the Vikings still have a shot at making the playoffs.

Once again, looking at what oddsmakers and statisticians have to say will reveal a clearer picture on what chances the Vikings have of making it to the postseason, but losses for Seattle and Tampa Bay have helped the Vikings more than people might realize, and with a tough schedule for the Buccaneers and suspensions looming for the Seahawks, the Vikings are still in it.

Overall, the odds of the Vikings making the playoffs have been cut, but not by as much as many think. A difficult schedule ahead may have fans thinking otherwise, and the threat of the Redskins and Cowboys climbing in the ranks as the Vikings look over their shoulders shouldn't be discounted either.

The Vikings still have the best chance of winning two games (upwards of a third of all scenarios), and in a quarter of scenarios, they'll win three games. Given all that, their odds of making the playoffs stands at a little less than one-in-five.

For this slideshow, all odds are derived from efficiency scores at Football Outsiders, Advanced NFL Stats, and the computer models and market aggregates at TeamRankings.

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