Let’s do a separate discussion for tonight’s Sunday Night Football contest, since it could have some effect on the Minnesota Vikings’ current pursuit of a playoff spot.
Tonight in Los Angeles, the Chicago Bears (4-5) will be taking on the Los Angeles Rams (5-4). Both of these teams currently trail the Vikings (8-3) in the playoff hunt, obviously. If the Rams win this one, they’ll climb to 6-4 on the season, which is still a game and a half behind the Vikings (who will take their bye in Week 12).
If the Bears win, the Rams and Bears will both be at 5-5, joining the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in a group of .500 teams that will be two and a half games behind Minnesota in the NFC playoff race.
Neither of these teams is a significant threat to win their respective divisions, so their path to the playoffs is through the Wild Card. With the Vikings pretty solidly entrenched in the NFC playoffs as it stands right now, we can keep track of teams that might be trying to sneak up on them.
So, enjoy Sunday Night Football, folks!