EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are still on the outside of the NFC playoff picture and are among five teams jumbled together at 6-7.
But Minnesota also moved up to the No. 8 spot after Week 14 was said and done.
Now it's time for a four-game sprint that should feature plenty of drama and intrigue.
"Everything is right there in front of us," said Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson. "We just have to go out and win the games that are on our schedule."
The Vikings are back in action on M_onday Night Football_ against the Bears. Kickoff is at 7:15 p.m. (CT) from Soldier Field in Chicago.
A reminder that there are seven postseason berths in each conference and that only the No. 1 seed gets a first-round bye, a format the league adopted in 2020.
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Bears.
Here's the look at the NFC playoff picture — with standings, current playoff odds, and a status update — as we head into Week 15.
1. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
Next 3 weeks
12/19 @BAL (8-5)
12/25 CLE (7-6)
01/02 MIN (6-7)
Remaining foes' combined records: 23-28-1
Opponents' win percentage: .452
Status: There is a change at the top, as the Packers are now the NFC's No. 1 seed after Green Bay won and Arizona lost in Week 14. The Packers, who moved into the top spot by virtue of their head-to-head win over the Cardinals, can clinch the NFC North with a win Sunday in Baltimore.
View the best photos from the Vikings game against the Steelers in Week 14 on Thursday Night Football at U.S. Bank Stadium, shot by Vikings seasonal photographers, Harrison Barden and Alli Rusco.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3)
Next 3 weeks
12/19 NO (6-7)
12/26 @CAR (6-7)
01/02 @NYJ (3-10)
Remaining foes' combined records: 19-33
Opponents' win percentage: .365
Status: The Buccaneers survived a late Bills rally to win in overtime and also moved up a spot in the NFC standings. As it stands now, Tampa Bay would host the third and final NFC Wild Card team … which could end up being Minnesota.
View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.
3. Arizona Cardinals (10-3)
Next 3 weeks
12/19 @DET (1-11-1)
12/25 IND (7-6)
01/02 @DAL (9-4)
Remaining foes' combined records: 22-29-1
Opponents' win percentage: .433
Status: The Cardinals had a letdown on Monday night, and it cost them in a big way. Arizona is no longer the conference's top seed and will need some help down the stretch if it wants to reclaim that spot. After starting 7-0, the Cardinals have split their past six games.