he Jacksonville Jaguars travel to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, December 6 in NFL football action from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Jaguars, who have lost 10 consecutive games, are expected to start Mike Glennon for his second game at quarterback. This will be the Jaguars’ first game since the firing of general manager Dave Caldwell and the appointment of interim general manager Trent Baalke.
The team is currently second in the order for the 2021 NFL Draft. The Vikings have won four of their last five games to climb in the NFC North, and running back Dalvin Cook was selected as NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.
Then, the Vikings beat a team they were supposed to: the Panthers. Minnesota pulled off a 28-27 victory at home to move to 5-6.
Now, the team has a chance to get back to .500. Unlike the game against Dallas, if Minnesota losses this contest, the playoffs will seem improbable, due to the Jaguars’ talent this season and the Vikings’ schedule the rest of the way.
It seems like the Minnesota Vikings (5-6) have an easy win waiting for them Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) at U.S. Bank Stadium.
After all, the Vikings have already lost their “trap game” this season — the 31-28 loss to Dallas in Week 11 — so lessons have been learned. Hopefully.
However, one NFL expert was bold enough to predict a Vikings loss, one that would surely bring their playoff push to a screeching halt. Maybe the return to Minnesota by former St. John’s University offensive lineman Ben Bartch will be enough to push the Jaguars over the edge.
Here’s this week’s Vikings predictions from around the web:
Barry Wilner of the Associated Press: Vikings 27, Jaguars 20.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times: Vikings 28, Jaguars 21. “Despite record, the Jaguars have played some teams tough. The Vikings have come around, however, and have won four of five. They should handle business before heading to Tampa next week.”
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: Vikings 31, Jaguars 17. “The Jaguars are playing out the string, while the Vikings are still alive. Jacksonville is 1-3 in Minnesota and has been outscored 103-38 in the three losses. This one will be lopsided as well. The Vikings will move the ball against a banged-up Jaguars defense, and the Jaguars won’t keep up. Vikings big.”
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: Vikings 28, Jaguars 20. “The Jaguars’ defense has been more competitive in recent weeks despite cascading injuries. Mike Glennon is coming off the best game by a Jaguars quarterback all season. That’s why I’d guess that Vikings fans will sweat this one out more than they’d like before completing an impressive journey back to .500.”