Two weeks to go in NFL 2020 and there’s a lot on the road.
With simply two weeks to play, the playoff image is starting to come back into focus. Plenty of groups can both clinch postseason berths or division titles over a four-day interval that begins on Christmas afternoon within the Large Straightforward and ends with the ultimate Monday night time recreation of the season on the residence of a workforce that received’t be going to the playoffs for the primary time since 2008.
NOTE: All occasions ET
Friday, Dec. 25
Minnesota Vikings (6-8) at New Orleans Saints (10-4), 4:30 pm
Vikings: It has been a really disappointing season for the Purple Gang, who return to the location of their 26-20 additional time victory within the 2019 NFC Wild Card Playoffs. The offense has had its ups and downs however it’s the once-formidable Vikings’ protection that has taken its lumps this 12 months. A season in the past, Minnesota allowed a complete of 303 factors and 31 offensive touchdowns. With two video games remaining, Mike Zimmer’s revamped squad has given up 388 factors and 37 offensive TDs – 27 of these scores via the air. The shortage of a constant go rush has not assist. One 12 months after totaling 48 quarterback traps, the Vikings have totaled a modest 22 sacks in 14 contests.
Saints: The NFC South leaders can wrap up a fourth straight division title. However a nine-game successful streak (after a 1-2 begin) has been adopted by consecutive three-point losses at Philadelphia and to Kansas Metropolis, respectively. In these contests, coordinator Dennis Allen’s unit allowed the Eagles to run for 246 yards and the Chiefs to roll up 179 yards on the bottom. Regardless of these statistics, the Saints are nonetheless rank fourth in league vs. the run, in addition to third within the NFL in whole protection. However these numbers might take an additional hit this week towards Vikings’ operating again Dalvin Cook dinner (1,484), who trails on Derrick Henry (1,679) in speeding yards – with each gamers operating for 15 touchdowns.