We are about to get way ahead of ourselves here, but what the heck.
The Vikings are in a position to reach Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in U.S. Bank Stadium without having to play a postseason game on the road.
That became the case on Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Seattle Seahawks. That dropped the Eagles to 10-2 on the season. The Vikings’ victory at Atlanta earlier in the day had improved Minnesota’s record to 10-2, meaning that tie-breakers have now come into play in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
You currently have to go four tie-breakers deep to find where the Vikings hold the advantage.
The Philly Voice website provided the information on tie-breakers last week, assuming they might come into play on Sunday. Now that they have, here’s the breakdown:
- The first tiebreaker is head-to-head: The Eagles and Vikings do not play this season, so this one is out.
- The second tiebreaker is conference record: The Eagles and Vikings are both 8-1.
- The third tiebreaker would be best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four: The only common opponents the Eagles and Vikings have had thus far are Chicago and Washington, meaning the teams fall short of the minimum of four. (The Vikings do have the Panthers on their on their schedule next Sunday, and the Eagles have the Rams, who the Vikings beat last month. That would meet the four common opponent threshold. The Vikings and Eagles have both won all common opponent games, to date.)
- The fourth tiebreaker is strength of victory: To date, the winning percentage of the teams the Vikings have beaten is .450 and those teams have a combined 56 wins. The winning percentage of the teams the Eagles have beaten is only .375 and those teams have a combined 42 wins. This is currently the tie-breaker that puts the Vikings ahead of Philadelphia.
The Vikings’ four remaining games are at Carolina, vs. Cincinnati, at Green Bay and vs. Chicago. The Eagles’ remaining opponents include the Rams in Los Angeles, the Giants in New Jersey, and home against Oakland and Dallas.