The Minnesota Vikings are 10-2 via 7 days 13, although the Environmentally friendly Bay Packers are 5-8, and different Packers-themed voices are having difficulties to make sense of it.
Minnesota will shortly acquire the NFC North for the to start with time considering that 2017 right after a few consecutive these crowns for Inexperienced Bay. The Vikings have to win a person more match or have the Detroit Lions drop a single for the title to return westerly to Minneapolis. Incidentally, the Vikings enjoy the Lions this weekend in Detroit.
And because the Vikings have their best document in five many years, some Packers pundits are twisting into pretzels to make clear why the 10-2 mark could be bogus. Peter Bukowski from the Locked on Packers Podcast has an clarification — luck.
He tweeted the Vikings statistical variances between the 2020 + 2021 campaigns to the present-day regular year — and “close-video game luck” was the smoking cigarettes gun.
His statistics are legitimate, but Bukowski doesn’t attribute the improve of speed in 2022 to late-video game execution or the Vikings coaching change from Mike Zimmer to Kevin O’Connell. Nope — could not be individuals things. It is luck.
The host of Locked on Packers has invested numerous months trying to rationalize the Vikings 2022 superiority to the Packers, generally on Twitter. Right before Thanksgiving, Bukowski tweeted that the outdated NFL adage of “you are what your record claims you are” does not utilize in 2022. He known as it “one of the biggest lies in sports” — coincidentally throughout the Packers to start with poor year given that 2018.
This 7 days, Bukowski asserted that Inexperienced Bay is a greater DVOA group than Minnesota and for this reason would not anxiety the Vikings if the Packers ran the table and grabbed the NFC’s seventh seed, prompting a doable playoff date in Minnesota.
And for the Packers to arrive at the playoffs, this is evidently his pathway:
Per FiveThirtyEight, the Packers have a 4% opportunity of achieving the postseason.
Bukowski caught some friendly Twitter fire in Oct immediately after ex-Packers fullback John Kuhn known as him a “gossip queen.” Bukowski then accused the former participant from his most loved workforce of informal sexism and homophobia.
The Vikings engage in the Packers on New Year’s Day at Lambeau Field. Minnesota has received a few straight games against Eco-friendly Bay with Kirk Cousins at quarterback.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his everyday YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every single Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates again to 1996. Outlined guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).