The Vikings will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field this Sunday as the team looks to begin the pursuit for a playoff spot in the NFC.
Head Coach Mike Zimmer plans to travel and be back to coach his team on Sunday.
Jacksonville (2-10) has lost seven games in a row and last won against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 16.
Let’s see who the experts pick to win Week 14’s Sunday matchup.
*When: Thursday at 7:25 p.m. CT (NBC, NFLN, TWTR)*
Up next: the even more disappointing Jaguars, who limp into Week 14 with little to no offense to speak of. That bodes well for Zimmer, who can dial up all his exotic pressures and coverages to fool Blake Bortles. That’s not exactly an impossible task.
Kyle Rudolph won’t dice up Jacksonville’s defense by any stretch. His saving grace? The Jaguars don’t have an elite pass-rusher who can expose Minnesota’s tackle situation. Checkdowns and field goals should win it.
Vikings 12, Jaguars 9 — Chris Simms, Bleacher Report
*Mike Zimmer will be back for the Vikings in this one. That’s a good thing. The Jaguars struggled against a good Denver defense last week and will do so again in this one. The Vikings take it with great defense. *
*Vikings 20, Jaguars 14 *— Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
The Vikings have struggled mightily after getting off to a hot start, but playing the Jaguars should cure what ails them.
*Vikings 20, Jaguars 10 *— Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk
If the Vikings can’t beat the Jaguars, the Vikings have no business being in the playoffs. Then again, the Vikings arguably already have no business being in the playoffs.
*Vikings 27, Jaguars 17 *— Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
If the Vikings were looking to “get right” after a tough loss last Thursday, they found no better destination on the NFL circuit than Jacksonville this season. The Jags just can’t get over the hump, and with Jacksonville already eliminated from playoff contention, already in the books for a sixth straight season of 10 or more losses and already on pace to have the worst turnover margin in the team’s history I just don’t see it suddenly pulling it all together and beating anyone this weekend. The Vikings played Dallas tough. There’s too much pride in that locker room to go away quietly into the NFC North night these final few weeks. **
*Vikings 24, Jaguars 20 *— 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: 67.5 percent, Average Score: *Vikings 26.1, Jaguars 20.3 *— 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 73 percent *— FiveThirtyEight.com
*8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, *CBS Sports
5 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, USA Today
7 of 9 experts pick the Vikings, SB Nation
9 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN
5 of 6 *experts pick the Vikings, *FOX Sports