Teddy Bridgewater celebrates TD – Photo credit:Â Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings #2MoreGames
By Virlisa Lane @TheREALMrsLane
It has been an up and down battle these last few weeks. The last time you heard from meÂ Aaron RodgersÂ and theÂ Green Bay PackersÂ had defeatedÂ the Vikings 30-13. The next week the Vikings pulled themselves together to gain their 8thÂ win by defeatingÂ Julio JonesÂ and theÂ Atlanta FalconsÂ in Atlanta.
The next bird team was theÂ Seattle SeahawksÂ with a depleted defense. The Vikings had a hard time stopping a very versatile quarterback,Â Russell Wilson. Â The penalty bug hit us hard that game. The Vikings were the least penalized team but that Sunday they were penalized plenty. Â The Vikings were penalized 9 times for 95 yardsâ€¦Ugh!
The final bird team was theÂ Arizona Cardinals. This game was so close; I think I may have had a small heart attack during the last quarter of the game. Â With a week of NFL analysts indicating that the Vikings would get out scored by the number one offense, I did for a spilt second, believe that we would get blown out just like the other teams that have played Arizona before, but that was not the case. With a much depleted defense, the Vikings started the most rookies in franchise history that game, six to be exact. Â The game could have gone really bad but everyone did their best and they came very close to possibly a win or tie of the game, but during the last offensive play quarterbackÂ Teddy BridgewaterÂ was sacked and fumbled at the Arizona 38, giving the Vikings their 5thÂ loss.
With 10 days to prepare for the next game, the Vikings swept theÂ Chicago BearsÂ and Bridgewater’s performance was his career best. The second year quarterback completed 17 of 20 passes for 231 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also tacked on a rushing touchdown as he accounted for all but three of the Vikings 38 points. Â According to the NFL, Bridgewater is the first quarterback since 1964 with a completion percentage above 85 percent with 4 passing touchdowns, no interceptions and a rushing touchdown in one gameâ€¦..BOOM!!
Now, itâ€™s week 16. Thatâ€™s right, there are only two games left in the regular season and what do you know the Vikings have a chance of making it to the playoffs. The Vikings havenâ€™t seen a playoff since 2012. Here are a few scenarios of how the (9-5) Vikings can clinch a playoff spot this week.
Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with:
1) Â Â Â MIN win or tie OR
2) Â Â Â ATL loss or tie OR
3) Â Â Â SEA win or tie
Making the playoffs would be pretty sweet for us, and there is still that opportunity to win the NFC North Division Championship. Coach Mike Zimmer was asked at the press conference “Did he feel good to be so close to the playoffs?” Zimmer stated, â€œI donâ€™t know, I donâ€™t feel too good about it yet. Our goal really isnâ€™t to get into the playoffs. Our goal is to win the division first.â€ Â As we know now, the Vikings have three ways to clinch a playoff spot, but the Vikings could claim the division championship if they win the next two games.
Whether the Vikings go to the playoffs or win the division, I am so proud that this is my team. Â This team has showed so much perseverance this year. I am so glad to call this team mine! I will be nervously watching the next two games and I hope you all do too. Â Keep pounding, Vikings.