Vikings "Had To Win" Against Packers

With a win over Green Bay, Minnesota is still alive in the NFC North

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 26, 2018 - 9:24 am

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After dropping two of their previous three games – against New Orleans and at Chicago – the Minnesota Vikings desperately needed a home win over the Packers on Sunday night. 

Well, they got it, beating Green Bay, 24-17. 

The Vikings (6-4-1) celebrated the win, but they know there’s still a long way to go. 

“They weren’t dancing all over the place because they know the road is still tough next Sunday at New England and the week after that at Seattle,” St. Paul Pioneer Times Vikings beat writer Chris Tomasson said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “But this was a game they had to win to stay in the division race.”

The Vikings remain 1.5 games behind the Bears (8-3) in the NFC North and are the fifth seed in the NFC.

“Even if they lost tonight, they still would have been in the Wild Card race,” Tomasson said. “But they had to have this one with any chance most likely of catching the Bears.”

The Vikings did not run with great success against Green Bay – Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook combined for 21 carries for 62 yards – but Kirk Cousins was elite. He finished 29-of-38 for 342 yards, three touchdowns and zero turnovers.

“Kirk Cousins was much more efficient,” Tomasson said. “He was very inaccurate and throwing the ball all over the place against the Bears (last week), but he was extremely efficient tonight. They came out throwing the ball, and they had great success. The Packers were down three injured players in their secondary, so that probably helped as well.”

The Vikings head to Foxboro this Sunday to face the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven of eight and are a perfect 5-0 at home. Kickoff is slated for 4:25 p.m. ET.