The Minnesota Vikings(10-6) had nothing to play for on Sunday against the Bears as their playoff position was already solidified; Minnesota will be the sixth seed in the playoffs. With their playoff spot settled, the Vikings did not play most of their starters, including QB Kirk Cousins, and would lose to the Bears at home 21-19.
Now, it’s time to focus on the playoffs. To get to the Super Bowl, Minnesota will have to win three straight games on the road, and it starts next Sunday when they face the New Orleans Saints.
When asked if he thinks the Vikings can win three straight road games and get to Super Bowl 55, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer had this to say.
“I know it’s been done before,” he said. “Why not us?”
Vikings Defensive End Ifeadi Odenigbo added: “Coach Zimmer was harping on us all week that all through OTAs, camp, this is what we have been waiting for. We have the guys in this room to do it, and we are excited for next week.”
The last wild card team to make the Super Bowl was the 2010 Green Bay Packers, who defeated the Steelers in SB XLV.
Can Minnesota make a Super Bowl run? Playing the Saints in New Orleans is a very difficult proposition, but anything is possible. However, it all depends on what Cousins shows up. If it’s the Cousins we saw later in the season, the Vikings could make some noise, but if it’s the Cousins we saw earlier in the season, and last week against the Packers, then no, they can’t make any noise. For now, we wait and see.