The networks love to hype as many games as possible as live or die games, but tonight's game between the Vikings and Packers has just those implications. With a win, the Vikings are all but coronated as division champions. With a loss, the title race, while still in the Vikings control, is back up in the air.
If the Vikings win tonight, they will improve to 7-1, while Green Bay drops to 3-5. With a head-to-head tie-breaker edge, even if the Packers went 8-0 the second half of the season, the Vikings would win the division with a 4-4 finish. Under a more likely scenario where Green Bay would go 6-2, the Vikings would have to win just two of their final eight games to win the division.
A Vikings loss would mean that the Packers would be within two games with eight to play and all head-to-head tie-breaker advantages would be gone.
It's only the midway point of the season, but the Vikings and Packers both have their destinies in their hands tonight.
* A football publication of USA Today rated all 32 teams by strengths on offense, defense, coaching and even attitude. The No. 1 team in the NFL according to its survey? The Vikings.
* The Packers are currently rated No. 30 in defense after being pummeled by the Rams and Chiefs. Despite a week off for the Packers, look for the Vikings to try to use the same formula that worked for the others in trying to beat the Pack.
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