A Vikings Viewer’s Guide: The 5 Most Important Games During Our Bye

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Nov 1, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end D.J. Wonnum (98) causes Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) to fumble during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Think you’ve got a week off from NFL football since Minnesota is on their bye? Think again. Plenty of games this week have significant implications for our friends in purple. For this reason, I’ll be highlighting the five most important games during the bye week to function as a Vikings viewer guide. Enjoy the less stressful football watching!

Game #1: Washington @ Green Bay, 12 p.m.

It would take something pretty drastic for me to cheer for the Peckers. Thankfully, it won’t come to that tomorrow. For a few hours, I’ll be a Washington fan. To slow down Aaron “Voldemort” Rodgers, Washington will need their front seven to be dominant. Davante Adams is likely the best receiver in the NFL, so the pressure needs to get home quickly. If they can make Rodgers uncomfortable, Washington has an outside chance at victory.

Game #2: Carolina @ New York, 12 p.m.

I wish I could say otherwise, but the likeliest purple playoff path involves snagging the #7 spot. Carolina will be similarly envious of that position, so we ought to be throwing our weight behind the Giants. During the offseason, New York would be wise to completely tear things down. Start at the top with management and go from there. Nevertheless, the hope is that this very, very flawed organization can make some magic happen tomorrow. Some Daniel Jones brilliance would make this Vikings viewer much happier during the bye.

Game #3: Detroit @ LA, 3:05 p.m.

Matthew Stafford vs. Jared Goff. Advantage: Goff? Definitely not. Stafford has a massive advantage. Personally, I think there’s essentially no way the Lions win this difficult road game, but there’s a reason why they actually play. It’s almost always a bad idea to cheer for a division rival. This is one of the rare instances when we ought to be cheering for the Lions, though. They pose no threat in the North, and LA will be looking for a Wild Card spot if Arizona continues their strong play. Go Lions!

Game #4: Chicago @ Tampa Bay, 3:25 p.m.

What are the chances we can actually catch up with Tampa Bay in the overall NFC standings? Personally, I’m not feeling too hopeful. The Bears ought to be at least sort of competent, which means they’ll be competing for the #2 spot in the North and therefore a Wild Card spot in the NFC. I don’t anticipate a one-yard performance, but I’d be surprised if the Bears were actually able to get things done against the Bucs defense. Let’s hope the Bucs win big.

Game #5: New Orleans @ Seattle, 7:15 p.m. (MNF)

Folks, this one might be the most important game in the bye week Vikings viewer guide. Both teams have a reasonable enough change of pushing for one of those limited Wild Card spots in a difficult NFC. The hope, at least in my mind, ought to be that Geno Smith finds a way to take down Sean Payton’s Saints. I think NO will be better in the end, meaning they’ve got a better shot at a playoff push. So, give Seattle this win as we collectively hope both squads fall short in the end.

Enjoy the non-Vikings football!