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Expert Picks: MMQB Panelists Predict Playoff Appearance for Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are in the hunt for postseason play.

Minnesota currently sits at 5-3-1 and in second place in the NFC North as it reaches its bye. The Vikings trail the 5-3 Bears, and the teams will meet in Chicago in Week 11 on Sunday Night Football.

The Vikings have won the division in two of the past three seasons [2015 and 2017], and the minds at The Monday Morning Quarterback all believe the Vikings will make the playoffs once again in 2018.

The MMQB recently released its playoff projections at the midpoint of the 2018 season, and all 12 panelists had the Vikings in the postseason.

Here is how the experts think the Vikings will do the rest of the way:

Albert Breer

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home win vs. the Packers

2nd-round matchup: A road win against the Rams

NFC Championship: A loss against at the Saints

Jenny Vrentas

NFC North champions: No

1st-round matchup: A road loss against the Packers

Robert Klemko

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home loss vs. the Falcons

Jonathan Jones

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home loss against the Packers

Andy Benoit

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home win vs. the Packers

2nd-round matchup: A road loss against the Saints

Kalyn Kahler

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home win vs. the Bears

2nd-round matchup: A road loss against the Rams

Ben Baskin

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home win vs. the Bears

2nd-round matchup: A road loss against the Saints

Andrew Brandt

NFC North champions: No

1st-round matchup: A road loss vs. the Eagles

Mark Mravic

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home win vs. the Bears

2nd-round matchup: A road loss against the Rams

Gary Gramling

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home loss vs. the Packers

Bette Marston

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home loss vs. the Panthers

Mitch Goldich

NFC North champions: Yes

1st-round matchup: A home loss vs. the Falcons

All in all, 10 of the 12 pundits at The MMQB expect the Vikings to win the division, but only five predict a win in the Wild-Card round.

The MMQB’s full list of playoff projections can be found here.

Additionally, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders made his playoff projections at NFL.com.

Sanders also believes the Vikings will win the NFC North and be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, which would ensure a home game.

Sanders did not make round-by-round predictions for the postseason, but his list of NFC playoff teams can be found here.

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