It looks as if the Minnesota Vikings (5-6) have a simple win ready for them Sunday after they host the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) at U.S. Financial institution Stadium.
In any case, the Vikings have already misplaced their “entice sport” this season — the 31-28 loss to Dallas in Week 11 — so classes have been realized. Hopefully.
Nevertheless, one NFL knowledgeable was daring sufficient to foretell a Vikings loss, one that will certainly deliver their playoff push to a screeching halt. Possibly the return to Minnesota by former St. John’s College offensive lineman Ben Bartch shall be sufficient to push the Jaguars over the sting.
Right here’s this week’s Vikings predictions from across the net:
Barry Wilner of the Related Press: Vikings 27, Jaguars 20.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Instances: Vikings 28, Jaguars 21. “Regardless of file, the Jaguars have performed some groups robust. The Vikings have come round, nonetheless, and have received 4 of 5. They need to deal with enterprise earlier than heading to Tampa subsequent week.”
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: Vikings 31, Jaguars 17. “The Jaguars are enjoying out the string, whereas the Vikings are nonetheless alive. Jacksonville is 1-3 in Minnesota and has been outscored 103-38 within the three losses. This one shall be lopsided as properly. The Vikings will transfer the ball in opposition to a banged-up Jaguars protection, and the Jaguars received’t sustain. Vikings large.”
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: Vikings 28, Jaguars 20. “The Jaguars’ protection has been extra aggressive in current weeks regardless of cascading accidents. Mike Glennon is coming off the very best sport by a Jaguars quarterback all season. That’s why I’d guess that Vikings followers will sweat this one out greater than they’d like earlier than finishing a powerful journey again to .500.”
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com: Jaguars 35, Vikings 31. “Jacksonville is a reside canine right here. The Vikings have been significantly better the previous few weeks, however principally as a result of they let Kirk Cousins throw the ball. Dalvin Prepare dinner will run the ball lots however this might flip right into a shootout and find yourself with tons of factors. Mike Glennon is an effective quarterback! Legit — he’s a billion occasions higher than Jake Luton and that’s solely as a result of he’s knowledgeable quarterback who’s been doing this for a decade. That issues.”
John Breech of CBSSports.com: Vikings 30, Jaguars 20.
The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote: Vikings 28, Jaguars 20. “Minny has received 4 of previous 5 to enter wild-card chase, and will get WR Adam Thielen again. Sinking Jax simply fired its GM. A blowout wouldn’t shock, but I’m hunching Jags with a double-digit head begin. Their D has been higher the previous month, and up to date losses to Texans, Packers and Browns have been by eight mixed factors.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting Information: Vikings 31, Jaguars 14. “The Vikings had two fluky fumbles go for touchdowns in opposition to them in opposition to the Panthers, making the sport a lot nearer than it ought to have been. The Jaguars merely can not cease the Vikings’ principal playmakers for Kirk Cousins, led by Dalvin Prepare dinner and Justin Jefferson. The Vikings’ protection is containing significantly better with their zone protection to cease any menace of a Mike Glennon comeback.”
Jonathan Jones of CBSSports.com: Vikings.
Bill Bender of the Sporting Information: Vikings 31, Jaguars 21. “The Vikings are coming off a come-back victory, and Dalvin Prepare dinner will make the most of a Jacksonville run protection that ranks twenty ninth within the NFL at 136.2 yards per sport. The Jaguars have performed the Packers and Browns shut the final three weeks, however it is a harder matchup on the highway.”
Jordan Dajani of CBSSports.com: Vikings 27, Jaguars 24.
Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski: Vikings.
Josh Schrock of NBC Sports activities Bay Space: Vikings 24, Jaguars 17. “Minnesota barely acquired previous the Panthers to maintain their playoff hopes on life assist. That got here every week after they fell on their face in opposition to an terrible Cowboys workforce. The Vikings ought to win, however I can’t lay 9.5 with this workforce.”
Professional Soccer Speak’s Michael David Smith and Mike Florio: MDS –Vikings 31,Jaguars 10; Florio – Vikings 31, Jaguars 23.
Oliver Hodgkinson of Professional Soccer Community: Vikings 30, Jaguars 21. “Kirk Cousins threw a game-winning landing to Chad Beebe to beat the Carolina Panthers final day out, and with Adam Thielen returning to the workforce, they need to be simply in a position to overcome a Jaguars protection that has allowed the sixth-most passing touchdowns and fourth-most passing yards per sport.”
Sportsnaut’s Vincent Frank: Vikings 31, Jaguars 13.
All six analysts at SI.com are choosing the Vikings.
All three writers at Athlon Sports choose the Vikings to win.
All 10 SB Nation writers predict a Vikings victory.
All six PennLive.com writers choose the Vikings to win.