According to an article in the Bleacher Report, this Sundays game in Minneapolis between the visiting Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings is in jeopardy because of the coronavirus.  The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly shutting down their facilities because of at least four players or personnel have tested positive within the Atlanta organization.  This number however has not been confirmed.

So, the Minnesota Vikings will play the waiting game after another opponent has reported multiple positive COVID-19 tests.  According to NFL COVID-19 safety protocol, Atlanta must now go two consecutive days without a positive test before they are allowed back into their facilities.  This includes both players and staff.  Test results must also be clear before noon kick off on Sunday as well.  That's if the first hurdle is passes.

This isn't the first time the Vikings had to deal with something like this.  They had to play the wait and see game before their game against the Houston Texans in week 4.  The Vikings and Atlanta are both scheduled to play this Sunday at 12 noon at U.S. Bank Stadium on FOX.  The Vikings are a very disappointing 1-4 on the season, while the Atlanta Falcons are 0-5.  Both teams are all but out of the playoff race already in the NFC.  The Vikings do have a glimmer of hope, as they've played well in a couple of their losses against good teams.  If they could somehow go on a run and rattle off a few wins in a row, they might have a chance.  If the game is postponed, both teams do have their bye weeks for scheduling purposes.  That means, the Vikings could play Atlanta the following Sunday, as that was supposed to be Minnesota's bye week.  SKOL away COVID!



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