To finish the 2019 NFL season, your Minnesota Vikings will have two games at home against NFC North opponents. The first of those will come on Monday Night Football, as the Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium.
These two teams met back in Week 2, and the Vikings found themselves down 21-0 after the first minute of the second quarter. They fought back, but fell short by a score of 21-16. Kirk Cousins played one of his worst games of the season in that contest, throwing two interceptions, including one on a 1st-and-goal play in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings are 8-2 over their last ten games, with their two losses coming on a last-minute field goal to Kansas City and by a touchdown to Seattle, who currently holds the #1 seed in the NFC playoff picture. Since that game in Green Bay, Cousins has thrown only three interceptions (and 23 touchdown passes) and has been putting together one of the best seasons of his career.
While the Packers have already clinched a playoff spot, the Vikings still need either one more victory or one more loss by the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams play the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night, so the Vikings could know well before they take the field whether they’ll be part of the postseason party or not.
If the Vikings want to harbor any hopes of winning a third NFC North division title in five years, they need to beat Green Bay in this one. Even if they win, the Packers will still win the North if they defeat the Detroit Lions in Week 17, regardless of whether the Vikings beat the Chicago Bears in their season finale or not.
Kickoff for this one is set for approximately 7:15 PM Central time on Monday night, with the game being aired on ESPN.