The Vikings will host the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium as the team continues the pursuit for a playoff spot in the NFC.
Indianapolis (6-7) has won its past three road games against the New York Jets, the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans.
Let’s see who the experts pick to win Week 15’s Sunday matchup.
It’s deja vu all over again for Andrew Luck.
One week after falling to Houston’s stacked defense, he’s squaring off against its NFC equivalent. Think about it: Everson Griffen leads a scary pass rotation, Xavier Rhodes is a lockdown cornerback, and a defensive mastermind (Mike Zimmer) is calling one helluva game. Luck’s Week 14 struggles could easily roll over.
The opposite is true for Kyle Rudolph. Fresh off his best game in weeks, he’s facing a defense that hasn’t slowed a decent passing attack all season.
Vikings 23, Colts 21 — Chris Simms, Bleacher Report
*The Colts blew a home game last week, and now must travel to face a tough defense in their place. Andrew Luck wasn’t good against the Texans, and this won’t be easy. Vikings find a way to squeak out a close one. *
*Vikings 20, Colts 17 *— Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
The Colts threw away their best chance to win the AFC South last week. This week I think the Vikings will finish them off, while keeping their own playoff hopes alive.
*Vikings 17, Colts 13 *— Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk
A pair of underachieving teams meet in a *de facto elimination game. Both eventually will be eliminated. The Colts get eliminated a little sooner.*
*Vikings 31, Colts 17 *— Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
It’s rare you get an interconference do-or-die game this late in the season, but that’s just what this is with the Colts and Vikings. Technically, both teams can still get in the playoffs with a loss, but it gets a heck of a lot tougher than squeezing in with a W. Andrew Luck is doing what he can, but when you see that Minnesota defense stepping up the way it’s been, it’s hard to go with Indy on the road after bad home losses to the Chiefs, Steelers and Texans. Sam Bradford doesn’t typically scream “big game, big performance,” but I expect one on Sunday. Skol Vikes.
*Vikings 26, Colts 23 *— 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: 49.3 percent, Average Score: *Colts 24.0, Vikings 23.0 *— 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 68 percent *— FiveThirtyEight.com
*7 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, *CBS Sports
5 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, USA Today
8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, SB Nation
10 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN
4 of 6 *experts pick the Vikings, *FOX Sports