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NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Favorites in Final Home Game

The Vikings (9-5) host the New York Giants at the University of Minnesota Sunday.  Minnesota holds a -52 record at home while New York is 3-4 on the road. We scoped the web to see what the experts were predicting for the Vikings-Giants matchup Sunday.


The Giants are barely alive in the playoff race –- and might be done by kickoff -- while the Vikings are likely in and could win the NFC North. But if they want a shot to win the division against Green Bay in Week 17, they have to win here. They do. Teddy Bridgewater is playing much better.

Vikings 28, Giants 23--Pete Prisco, CBS Sports


Depending on how the Philadelphia-Washington game goes, the Giants might not have anything to play for by kickoff on Sunday night. The Vikings, however, are still fighting for the NFC North title, and I think they'll turn in a good game on both sides of the ball.

Vikings 31, Giants 17--Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk


The Giants have two great players and 51 who are average at best. And one of the great players has been suspended. And that pretty much sums this one up.

Vikings 27, Giants 17--Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk


If the Vikings beat the Giants (or Green Bay loses at Arizona earlier in the day), Minnesota will trek to Lambeau Field next week with a division title on the line.

If the Giants have anything going for them in this game, it's that the Vikings don't have an aerial attack capable of fully exploiting their marshmallow-soft, league-worst pass defense.

Of course, without Beckham, the Giants passing attack isn't going to terrify anyone, either.

Can't wait for Lambeau.

Vikings--Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report


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.*

Win Percentage: 67.3%, Average Score: Vikings 27.7, Giants 21.5--WhatIfSports.com

FiveThirtyEight's 2015 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team's chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl 50. Playoff probabilities are based on 20,000 simulations of the season and will update after each game.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 67%--FiveThirtyEight.com


8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports

8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, FOX Sports

7 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, Bleacher Report

13 of 13 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN

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