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Is the NFC North already the Vikings to lose?



Some of you may react like this when reading the headline, but bear with me for a second.

I am normally one to pump the brakes on things that reach the level of preposterity that the title would imply but I was thinking about the notion today and think it's worth exploring.

With the just abysmal nature of the Bears and Lions through the first two games I don't think it's much of a stretch to think that the Vikings will sweep the four games against them. And they already have the one game lead on the Packers because of the beat down in the bank on Sunday night. You might be asking yourself or aloud that the Packers will probably do so as well, which is likely. Because of the NFL tie breaker procedures the remainder of the season is critical but the lead that has already been established may prove to be enough come December and January.

For those who are curious, here are the tie break procedures:

TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION

If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.

Two Clubs

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).

  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.

  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.

  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.

  5. Strength of victory.

  6. Strength of schedule.

  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.

  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.

  9. Best net points in common games.

  10. Best net points in all games.

  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.

  12. Coin toss

There are 14 games to decide the final outcome but the victory 48 hours ago was a splendid step and may prove to be a critical step toward repeating as the division champions and making the playoffs again. If the win was over any of the other 30 teams in the NFL, I wouldn't even entertain the notion that we are already in control of the division but because it was over the Packers, I'm giving it some thought and want to know what you think about it.

My take is simplistic, but is it too simplistic? Let me know your take in the comments!

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