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Kevin O'Connell and Vikings will try to balance player health and playoff seeding


December 20, 2022

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

The Vikings want Justin Jefferson, who took a big hit from Indianapolis cornerback Stephon Gilmore on Saturday, fully healthy for the playoffs.

The Vikings clinched the NFC North and a home playoff game for the first time since 2017, but head coach Kevin O'Connell said Monday they're "still on the hunt" for improvement and to maintain the No. 2 seed with three regular-season games left.

"But that does not mean snap counts don't need to be monitored," O'Connell said. "We'll take a look at each individual situation to make sure the priority is having a healthy team and having the best possible version of our team when we get to the playoffs."

The Vikings (11-3) could end up with the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the NFC playoff race. The top seed is not impossible, but it's farfetched. The Eagles (13-1) would have to lose the remaining three games while the Vikings win out against the Giants, Packers and Bears.


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