The Vikings are the worst 8-2 team in NFL history by the numbers.

The Vikings are the worst 8-2 team in NFL history by the numbers.
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Cover your eyes because it’s not pretty. With the loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings are the worst 8-2 team in NFL history by the numbers.

Minnesota lost to Dallas 40-3 in Week 11, the team’s second-worst home loss since its inception.

Accordingly, after the loss in Week 11, the club’s win-loss margin decreased, leaving the Vikings with a questionable margin.

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The Vikings are the first team in NFL history to win eight games in 10 games. (-2). They beat their opponents 229-231. Through the season’s 10 games, every team with an 8-2, 9-1 or 10-0 record had collectively outscored their opponents.

The team with the smallest point total difference among all teams going 8-2 or better through 10 games of the season is:

  • 2022 Minnesota Vikings (-2)
  • 1987 San Diego Chargers (+6)
  • 2004 Atlanta Falcons (+14)
  • 2003 Carolina Panthers (+18)
  • 2019 Seattle Seahawks (+21)

No team in NFL history has gone 10 games with as many negative points as the Vikings (-2) and won a Super Bowl. The closest team was the 2011 Giants, who went 6-4 through 10 with a combined 228-228 game score.

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What does it mean? Well, a few things.

  1. The Vikings’ loss to the Cowboys severely skewed their win-loss margin — a 37-point home loss.
  2. If Minnesota finally reaches and wins the Super Bowl, it will defy history, as no other team has ever held that weighty statistical margin.
  3. Winning seven straight close games makes the metric a little fun. Usually, by this point in the calendar, an 8-2 or better football team has blown out at least one or two of its opponents.

Vikings fans now look forward to Thanksgiving as Week 12 against the New England Patriots should be a historical barometer. If they bounce back and beat the Patriots — the team with the NFL’s best defense per EPA/Play — perhaps enthusiasm will be revived and the Dallas loss will fall by the wayside.

But if Minnesota loses again at home, this time to Mac Jones’ Patriots, the eight-game stat will serve as a sad confirmation that the Vikings weren’t that good in the first place.

The Vikings haven’t beaten the Patriots in 22 years.


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Dustin Baker He is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sawh and Sal seasoning. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (band).