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NFL Expert Picks: Are Vikings Underdogs in Washington?

The Vikings head back on the road to face off with the third NFC East opponent of the season in Washington on Sunday.

Washington (4-3-1) is fresh off of a bye week and features the NFL’s fourth-ranked total offense.

Let’s see who the experts pick to win Week 10’s Sunday matchup.


Another of Week 10's challenging matchups to decode. The Vikings' offense showed signs of life in the second half versus the Lions after sputtering its way through the first couple of quarters under Pat Shurmur. How will Kyle Rudolph fare without the benefit of the home crowd? The Stefon Diggs-Josh Norman matchup is intriguing, given that Diggs has caught 5 billion none-yard outs and 5-yard ins, and Norman certainly has the loving attention of the officials. Thinking Norman wins that battle, which means the likes of Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph are going to have to win this deal for Minnesota. (Or Nick Easton?) The other key is how much time the Redskins' offensive line — sans Trent Williams — provides Kirk Cousins. Everson Griffen often plays like a man possessed. #MINvsWAS

Redskins 24, Vikings 22 *— Elliot Harrison, *NFL.com


Throw-first offense? Dynamic receivers? So-so running game but a tough offensive line?

Minnesota saw it all last week. Kirk Cousins and Co. attack defenses in a Detroit Lions-like way. The Vikings will benefit from that familiarity.

They’ll also benefit from an average Redskins defense. It’s good enough to put some heat on Sam Bradford, but not dominant enough to slow his over-the-middle throws. Josh Norman and the back seven might have a little bye-week rust to shake off as well.

The Vikings' losing streak has to end sometime. I’m picking Week 10.

Vikings 17, Redskins 16 — Chris Simms, Bleacher Report


The Vikings are now an average team and have lost the past three weeks. They face a tough task turning it around here. Washington is coming off a bye and should be rested. The way the Vikings offense is playing, I will go with the Redskins here.

Redskins 21, *Vikings 17 *— Pete Prisco, CBS Sports


The Vikings are coming apart at the seams. It’s hard to believe this was the only undefeated team in the NFL a few weeks ago.

*Redskins 23, Vikings 20 *— Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk


The team that couldn’t find its first loss now can’t find its sixth win. Washington probably isn’t the place to get it, given that Minnesota has fallen behind by at least 10 points in each of its four 2016 road games.

*Redskins 20, Vikings 16 *— Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk


Mike Zimmer had the quote of the year while being mic’d up in last Sunday’s bizarre overtime loss to the Lions. Pacing the sideline, Zimmer muttered to his team, “Adversity. I LOVE ADVERSITY.” Well, he certainly has had a lot this season, and if any guy can bring his team out of the rubble of this current skid, it’s Zimmer. I just don’t see them beating a rested, angry Redskins team on the road. Washington, remember, lost a weird one late in Detroit three weeks ago and had that horrendous tie after missing a chippy field goal in London. Kirk Cousins and Washington’s offense will put up too many points for Sam Bradford and Co. on Sunday.

*Redskins 31, Vikings 17 *— Peter Schrager, FOX Sports


Each Tuesday, WhatIfSports.com's NFL simulation engine generates predictions and box scores for every NFL game for the coming week. The highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team's likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 501 times.

Vikings Win Likelihood Percentage: 48.0 percent, Average Score: *Vikings 21.9, Redskins 22.9 *WhatIfSports


FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team’s chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl LI. Playoff probabilities are based on 20,000 simulations of the season and will update after each game.

Pre-game win probabilities: *Vikings 47 percent *FiveThirtyEight.com


*3 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, *CBS Sports

*0 of 6 experts pick the Vikings, *FOX Sports

2 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, USA Today

*3 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, *ESPN


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