Minnesota is back on the road again in Week 7 and aiming for its third consecutive victory when the Vikings visit the Jets at noon (CT) Sunday.
Let’s see what is expected from the Vikings in their Week 7 matchup:
Vikings 27, Jets 16, Elliot Harrison, NFL.com
How healthy are the Jets' defensive backs? I ask only because Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are not going to drop passes with the proficiency of the Colts last week. Remember, Diggs' hands stick to everything. Doubt Latavius Murray will follow in the footsteps of Indy RB Marlon Mack, who delivered a perfect beach volleyball set to New York CB Morris Claiborne for a quick-six. The litmus test in this contest for Gang Green will be if Sam Darnold is forced to try to keep pace with Kirk Cousins; that is, if the game flows toward a flurry of points. When New York has won, it's been the result of mixing a dash of Darnold with several cups of the running game. The Jets are averaging two bills per game on the ground in their wins. Darnold is also getting over 9 yards per throw in those three victories.
Jets 28, Vikings 24, David Steele, Sporting News
Once again, the Jets are hovering around .500, regretting the moments that have kept them from being better, keeping an eye out on their quarterback (at least Sam Darnold is a young cornerstone, as opposed to recent years) and debating how much credit or blame Todd Bowles deserves. The Vikings aren’t dominating their division as they should, and they won’t get a walkover this week against an unpredictable Jets team.
Vikings 23, Jets 17, Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
The Vikings’ offensive line will have its hands full against a tough Jets front, and Minnesota will revert to struggles in the running game. But Kirk Cousins will go to work with his quick passing game and have a much easier time than Sam Darnold will in a one-dimensional offense against a surging defense.
Vikings 27, Jets 20 - Bleacher Report Staff
"I know the Jets have played well at home," Brad Gagnon said, "but the Vikings have also impressed in three road games against the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. They're due for a blowout victory against a Jets team that lost handily to the only good team it has faced this season (a 31-12 defeat at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars). But even if this isn't a lopsided win, I'll risk the push with that three-point spread."
Still, Gary Davenport is one enthusiastic dissenting voice.
"Are the Jets as good as the Vikings?" he said. "No. On paper, not even close. But while the Jets are exceeding expectations, the Vikings seem hell-bent on playing to the level of their opponent. Two weeks ago in Philly, that meant an impressive win. Last week at home against the Cardinals, it meant, well, a win. And against Buffalo (in Minnesota) back in Week 3...well, we won't talk about that.
"Maybe this is the week they figure it out and the Vikings stomp a Jets team that has played over its head of late. But it's also possible this game follows a script that's equal parts concerning for Vikings fans hoping for a Super Bowl trip and cause for optimism for Jets fans hoping for a reason to actually watch Jets games.”
Vikings 26, Jets 20 - Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
Both of these teams come in on two-game winning streaks, so something has to give. The Jets have improved on offense, but face a tough challenge in the Vikings defense. Sam Darnold will have a rough go of it in this one. Vikings win a tough road game.
Vikings 28, Jets 20 – Michael David Smith – Pro Football Talk
Kirk Cousins is playing every bit as well for the Vikings as they were hoping he would. He’s earning that contract.
Vikings 27, Jets 20 – Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk
The Jets have overachieved in recent weeks. But they haven’t faced a team like the Vikings, which is starting to find its way after a rough start.
Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 56 percent, FiveThirtyEight
5 of 5 experts picked the Vikings, USA TODAY
6 of 8 experts picked the Vikings, CBS Sports
8 of 9 experts picked the Vikings, SB Nation