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The Vikings' playoff hopes took a sharp downward turn last weekend when they were upset by Dallas, putting Sunday's game against Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers pretty much in the must-win category. At 4-6, the Vikings are a half-game ahead of Carolina and two others teams, as well as one game behind the struggling Chicago Bears for the final NFC playoff spot with six games to play.


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Come back to startribune.com/sports for more as Sunday's kickoff approaches. Our game day coverage includes a Live Blog, where you can see what our writers are saying about the game and get updates from around the NFL, as well as up-to-the-minute statistics on our Gameview from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Kickoff: Noon

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Ben Goessling's game prediction

Andrew Krammer's scouting report

Mark Craig's power rankings

Craig's picks against the spread

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Go deep: Star Tribune coverage highlights:

Vikings remember Bridgewater for horrific injury -- and his grace

Harrison Smith keeps learning from penalties

Don't blame Kubiak for Dallas loss

How secondary breakdowns doomed the Vikings

Cousins fell short where other top QBs came through last week