We’ve got this week’s FanPulse results, as voted on by you, the readers, and the confidence level that fans have in the Minnesota Vikings is back on the way up after a temporary blip after Week 8’s loss.
Following the loss to New Orleans, confidence in the Vikings dipped from 80% all the way down to 51%. After Sunday’s win over Detroit, however, we’re back up to 80%, as you can see on the graph below.
That 80% confidence level is the second-highest in the NFL, and while two teams in this division are clearly on the upswing, the other two are even more clearly trending downward.
As you’d expect, the highest confidence level rests with the Vikings’ next opponent (following the bye), the Chicago Bears. They are riding high at 93%, and as you can see from their graph, they’ve been in roughly the same area all season long.
Bears fans have been between 82% and 96% all season. Maybe, at some point, we’ll see that number start to drop a bit.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the Lions. After the trouncing they took on Sunday, their confidence in their team has dropped to 20%, which is almost the lowest it’s been all season.
Last. . .and even further down on the other end of the spectrum. . .we have the Green Bay Packers. Following another difficult loss to a top team, this time to the New England Patriots, the confidence of Packer fans has dropped to the point where only 1-in-6 Green Bay fans, 17%, is confident in the direction of their team.
This week’s FanPulse survey also asked who everyone thought the favorites to make Super Bowl LIII were at the midway point of the season, and there were a pair of very close races. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs edged out the New England Patriots by a tally of 50.33% to 43.63%, despite the Patriots handing the Chiefs their only loss of the season thus far.
Things were even closer in the NFC, where the Los Angeles Rams just barely held off the New Orleans Saints, 48.22% to 48.08%. The Vikings did come in a very distant third, managing to get 1.5% of all the votes cast.