The Vikings look to rebound in Week 2 after a 20-3 loss in the first game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. The matchup will mark running back Adrian Peterson's first game in Minnesota since 2013. We scoped the web to see what experts and analysts are predicting for the outcome of the Vikings upcoming matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The Lions have to be reeling after blowing a big lead at San Diego, but Minnesota has to be one of the biggest disappointments in Week 1, losing to the 49ers. Now they get home with a division game that will test them in a big way. But consecutive road games for the Lions is tough, so Minnesota will bounce back with a better offensive showing.
Vikings 21, Lions 17--Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
The Vikings return home and have a short week to prepare for a Lions team that should present a tough test at TCF Bank Stadium. We predicted this would be a loss back when the schedule came out, but **Adrian Peterson*'s future wasn't determined then. With the running back primed for a big day against a remade Lions front, the Vikings will pull one out here.*
Vikings 20, Lions 17--Ben Goessling, ESPN
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is the no-nonsense sort. About a month ago, **Zimmer cut practice short*, and his players ran laps because he was dissatisfied with their effort. Given that, Vikings players might want to make sure they pack their running shoes after the team face-planted on national TV in a 20-3 Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.*This matchup may just come down to who wants to lose the game more.
Vikings--Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report
I'll be on the sidelines for this one on FOX and can't wait. **Adrian Peterson's* first game in Minnesota since the 2013 season and it should be an interesting one. As bad as the *Vikings* offense looked on Monday night, the Lions defense could have been worse. That wasn't the Teddy Bridgewater!(/team/roster/teddy-bridgewater/143b73ff-0ebc-45ae-a540-132dd77c35f3/ "Teddy Bridgewater") we expected and that wasn't the Norv Turner offense we've come to know for 30 years. I'd expect Minnesota to bounce back, right the ship, and get to 1-1.*
Vikings 23, Lions 16--Peter Schrager, FOX Sports
4 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, NFL.com
5 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports
3 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, FOX Sports
6 of 13 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN
5 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, Bleacher Report