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NFL Expert Picks: Minnesota Faces Tough Task in Baltimore

The Vikings are looking to get back on the winning track Sunday afternoon.

Minnesota (3-4) is in for a tough test, however, on the road against a Baltimore team that is 5-2 and coming off a bye. Kickoff is at noon (CT).

Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game:

Ravens 27, Vikings 23 — Gregg Rosenthal,

The Week 8 bye didn't solve all of Baltimore's injury problems, with wideout Sammy Watkins, starting tackle Patrick Mekari and a trio of starting defensive linemen out of practice Wednesday. But vital blocking tight end Nick Boyle is coming back, and there's reason to believe the Ravens will learn how to cover up their weak spots, because they always have in the past. Losing pass rusher Danielle Hunter for the season, on top of cornerback Patrick Peterson's absence, limits what Minnesota Head Coach Mike Zimmer can do defensively. This feels like a spot where the Vikings play better than most people expect, yet find a way to lose painfully.

Ravens 26, Vikings 23 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The Vikings are coming off a tough loss, while the Ravens are coming off a bye. The Vikings looked lifeless on offense against the Cowboys and now face a Ravens defense that was shredded last time out. Can Kirk Cousins get it going? I think he does, but Lamar Jackson is even better. The Vikings will hang around.

Ravens 30, Vikings 26 — Bill Bender, Sporting News

The Vikings are in a tough spot after the "Sunday Night Football" loss to Dallas, but they have played well on the road this season despite inconsistencies on offense. Will that be enough to hang around with Baltimore, which is coming off a bye week after a blowout loss to Cincinnati? Probably not.

Ravens 28, Vikings 21 — Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk

The rested Ravens should handle the Vikings, who look like they're teetering toward a rebuild.

Ravens 31, Vikings 20 — Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Baltimore had last Sunday off. The Vikings lost to a backup quarterback.

Ravens 31, Vikings 17 — Staff, Bleacher Report

The Ravens have won four of their last five post-bye games, with two of those wins coming by a combined margin of 60-20 over the Patriots and Green Bay Packers. They're also really good at winning big. Two of their last three victories have come by 16-plus points, and they had an AFC-best six three-plus-score wins in 2020.

Throw in that Minnesota has lost veteran pass-rusher Danielle Hunter for the remainder of the season and it's understandably hard to back the Vikes at the moment.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 26% —

0 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports

0 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB

0 of 11 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN

0 of 9 experts pick the Vikings, The Athletic