The Vikings’ performance versus. Bears command the deadline approach?

The Vikings’ performance versus.
Bears command the deadline approach?


Following a humiliating loss to the Atlanta Falcons four years ago, the 1-5 Minnesota Vikings traded away pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue.
A 28-22 victory in Green Bay changed their course, defying the expectation that they would move everything else that wasn’t locked down before the trade deadline. They decided to hold off on making any further moves because they believed their upcoming schedule would provide them with opportunities to reenter the playoff race.
They reached the .500 by the end of Week 13.
Later, after three defeats, they felt bad.

With a chance to win a division game and then make a remote case against being sellers at the trade deadline, the current 1-4 Vikings will travel to Chicago.
After this week’s games against San Francisco and Green Bay, it’s possible they could finish the season at 3-5 and then face the Falcons, Saints, Broncos, Bears, and Raiders, all of whom they have a good chance of defeating.
By the time they faced the challenging final stretch against Cincinnati, Detroit twice, and Green Bay, the Vikings could have a 6-7 or 7-6 record if three or four of those games went well.

You’re telling me there’s a possibility, then?

However, going down that path might result in history being repeated.
The Vikings have odds of 8 to 15 percent, depending on where you look.
The best receiver in the NFL, Justin Jefferson, going on injured reserve on Monday, is not likely to have been factored into those statistics, regardless of how they were tallied.
It is challenging to imagine the Vikings consistently defeating average clubs without the player who swings the most of the odds in their favor.
Even if their fumbling issues disappeared entirely.

Furthermore, there are no rings or trophies awarded for making the playoffs and losing in the first round.
The Vikings’ chances of winning the Super Bowl are zero percent, according to the analytics firm SumerSports.


It is difficult to argue that the Vikings are just a few miscues away from competing with the 49ers, Eagles, Lions, and Cowboys when compared to other teams vying for the final playoff spots, such as the Packers, Rams, Saints, Falcons, and Commanders.

Everyone in the locker room, including head coach Kevin O’Connell, believes that there is always a good reason to continue playing after the final buzzer.
Moving on from any player who isn’t a part of the future makes sense from the perspective of the front office, ownership, and future of the franchise.

Why hold off?

There were some who argued against having a fire sale in 2020. The upcoming opponents weren’t 3-2 teams like the Falcons and Saints, they were terrible squads.
The Lions, who finished 5-11, 8-8 Bears, Andy Dalton Cowboys, 5-11 Panthers, and 1-15 Jaguars were the teams the Vikings faced after defeating Green Bay.


The Vikings might have acquired a draft pick in 2020 in exchange for Kyle Rudolph or Riley Reiff, but there was little hope that they would receive much in return.
That’s very dissimilar from this year, when Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith, and KJ Osborn could genuinely add up to a plethora of draft picks that could play a role in restocking the roster and/or possibly trading up for a quarterback.

Even though the departures of a few crucial defensive players might have indicated growing pains, the 2020 Vikings’ management treated the team as if it were going to compete for the Super Bowl.
In order to acquire Ngakoue as a rental, they traded a second-round pick for Cousins’ extension prior to that season.
Plans, however, were derailed when cornerback Danielle Hunter sustained a neck injury, NT Michael Pierce decided not to play due to COVID concerns, and none of the young cornerbacks stepped up to the plate.

The team from this year just finished an offseason in which they clearly valued the future.
They avoided making signings that would hurt them later and let players go who weren’t expected to be a part of the plan in 2024.
They also did not extend Kirk Cousins.
Although it was anticipated that they would be more competitive than a 1-4 start, the Vikings had a better chance of missing the playoffs than making them at the beginning of the season, according to the oddsmakers.
Being in the sell mode at the deadline was not entirely improbable given the harder schedule and significant inexperience on defense.

If anything, moving past players who won’t likely be back on the team the following season would be thematic.

However, practically speaking, the Vikings may need to wait a few more weeks to see if they can win at Soldier Field and then upset San Francisco in order to be absolutely certain that they didn’t leave too soon.
While it makes mathematical sense to send out a “FOR SALE” email to the other general managers before they fly to Chicago.

In addition to value vs.
The Vikings want Jefferson to agree to a sizable contract extension for the following season.
If the team has recently gone 5-12, does that become trickier? Would selling early lead to conflict between the front office, coaching staff, and locker room?

However, there is a greater chance of losing out on value in order to chase a playoff ghost if they leave the door open to changing course based on the upcoming weeks.
And, I suppose, so does the possibility of making an unlikely playoff run.


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