The biggest story of the week: The Vikings are the best team in the NFC South.
When they’re playing better, they’re the best.
They’re in the Super Bowl.
They’ve won seven straight.
The Vikings will go to Seattle and beat them in a rematch.
That’s the story.
When the Seahawks beat the Vikings on Sunday, it marked a stunning turnaround in the history of the NFC North.
It also marked a major shift in the landscape of the league, as the Vikings now sit just two games behind the Rams for the NFC West title.
And the Vikings’ comeback is only the second in franchise history.
Since 1970, no other team has won four in a row.
That’s also the story of Minnesota’s current offense, which has averaged only 31.8 points per game.
It has averaged 27.7 points the past three seasons.
And that was in a league that has gone from 32 to 24 teams.
The Vikings have played just nine teams this season, but that has been thanks in large part to Adrian Peterson, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and is tied for the NFL lead in rushing touchdowns.
Peterson is averaging almost 27 yards per carry.
And they are averaging an average of 4.1 yards per play, third-best in the league behind only Seattle and St. Louis.
But Minnesota is playing without star wideout Jerick McKinnon, who tore his Achilles’ tendon last week and is doubtful for Sunday.
That will leave the Vikings as the second-ranked passing offense in the division behind only the Rams, who rank ninth.
The Rams are averaging a league-high 5.8 yards per pass attempt, while Minnesota is averaging 2.8.
The other teams in the playoff race are Atlanta and Cincinnati, with the Bengals averaging 6.4 yards per attempt.
That means Minnesota is one of the best passing offenses in the country, and the Vikings are a legitimate threat to win the division.
It’s a big deal.
In the NFC East, the Redskins are the second team to score 30 points in a game since the merger.
The Saints are at 30, and Baltimore is at 30.
That should mean the Ravens win out in their battle with New Orleans.
That would make the Saints the only team in history to win four straight games.
New Orleans would also have clinched the NFC’s second seed.
And if the Redskins win out, the Saints would be in the playoffs.
The next two weeks are crucial for New Orleans and the Saints.
Both teams are looking to get to the postseason.
New York is at 8-6 and the Giants are at 9-3.
If the Giants lose out, they would need to win out on a road game against Miami and a home game against Washington to win a wild card spot.
If they win out there, the Giants would then have to win in Chicago.
If New York loses out in Chicago, the Dolphins would be the only other team in that spot.
It is not clear which way the playoffs will go, but the Giants have been in the thick of it recently.
If the Redskins lose out in the wild card race, they will be in line for the No. 2 seed.
They are only a game behind the Giants, who are on pace to win their fourth straight division title.
They also would have a chance to win home-field advantage for the playoffs if they beat the Steelers.
If Pittsburgh beats the Steelers, they have to beat Baltimore, Cincinnati or San Francisco to clinch a wild-card spot.
But the Ravens are the only one of those teams left.
So, this is the big story of this week’s NFL.
Which teams will win the NFC, who will advance, and who will lose out?
The NFC West is shaping up to be a wild ride for all four playoff teams, but it is still in flux.
The Seahawks are coming off a 31-13 win over the Panthers, and they are coming into Sunday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings.
But both the Seahawks and the Packers are coming out of their bye.
The Packers have to be better to get in, while the Seahawks have to find a way to stay alive in the West.
The Chiefs are coming back from a rough stretch.
They beat the Broncos, Vikings and Panthers, while losing to the Saints and Titans.
But Kansas City has shown a knack for winning against tough opponents.
The Patriots were coming off an ugly loss to the Falcons and still won Sunday.
The Dolphins are coming from a bye, and will need to be strong in the second half of their season to avoid being eliminated from the postseason race.
There is plenty of playoff intrigue, but here’s what we know about the four teams with the best chances of winning the division: 1.
Seattle Seahawks: This is one team that has had an excellent offseason.
General manager John Schneider has done a terrific job of adding talent to his roster.
He signed Russell Wilson to a five-year,