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Vikings vs. Texans: 10 Keys to the Game for Minnesota
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While it's easy to call nearly any late-season games "must-wins," the Minnesota Vikings are truly in a place where they need to rack up wins, and have to continue that against the Houston Texans. In order to do that, they'll need to minimize mistakes and hit on specific key responsibilities as the game progresses.

After a shocking 2012 campaign, the Minnesota Vikings are at the cusp of a playoff berth merely one season after competing for the top draft pick in the NFL. Their playoff chances, however, nearly rely on them winning the rest of their games, including a tough game against Houston.

There are a number of scenarios where the Vikings can make the playoffs with only one win, but the odds are unlikely; a tumultuous NFC East as well as a falling Chicago Bears team can both spoil the Vikings' chances at grabbing the sixth wild-card seed. With Seattle all but securing the fifth seed, playoff slots are scarce.

Going up against a team that some consider "matchup-proof," their two losses have come to two of the best quarterbacks playing the game today. The Vikings hardly have that talent under center and might have to rely on a suboptimal approach to take care of the game.

Nevertheless, the Vikings will have a good chance of winning the game if they can execute in every responsibility. Their margin for error will be lower, and they'll have to hit these keys.

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