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Notebook: What does 1-3 mean for Vikings?

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The Vikings were one of the last NFL teams to start 1-3 and make the playoffs. How likely is that, based on NFL history in the 12-team playoff era? Plus, a few records involving former Vikings are looking like they will fall this weekend, and, despite a 0-3 start, the Vikings-Steelers game was heavily watched locally.

The Vikings are 1-3, which would seem to put them well out of the playoff race. But that's not necessarily true, according to NFL history. While an 0-4 record would have left the Vikings virtually dead in the playoff chase, 1-3 isn't quite the death knell. Since the current 12-team playoff system was implemented in 1990, 23 teams have rebounded from a losing record after four games and made the...

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