Sunday, December 6, 2020, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, 1 p.m. ET
Jaguars at Vikings Betting Preview: Jaguars (+9.5/-110), Vikings (-9.5/-110)
Losers of a franchise-record 10 straight games, the Jaguars will aim to avoid another dubious defeat against a team headed in the opposite direction.
Veteran Mike Glennon, who last week started his first game since Week 4 of the 2017 season, gets the call under center again, as coach Doug Marrone told reporters Glennon gives Jacksonville the best chance to win. Glennon nearly did just that in Week 12, going 20-for-35 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-25 home loss to Cleveland.
Jacksonville (1-10) has lost 16 of 19, and general manager Dave Caldwell was fired following the Cleveland loss. Injuries have beset the team, but top targets DJ Chark (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip) returned to practice in limited duty this week after missing last week’s game.
Don’t look now, but the Vikings (5-6) are just 1 1/2 games out of the final NFC wild-card spot after winning four of five since their bye week.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins led Minnesota on a game-winning 75-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes against the Carolina Panthers last week, finding Chad Beebe for a 10-yard touchdown with 46 seconds left moments after Beebe muffed a punt that led to a Panthers’ score.
Receiver Adam Thielen was activated from the COVID-19 list this week and is expected to play. Ditto for running back Dalvin Cook, who returned from an ankle injury against Carolina. Cook leads the league with 13 rushing touchdowns and is second with 1,130 rushing yards and is facing a Jaguars’ run defense that ranks 29th in the NFL, allowing 136.2 yards per game.
Jaguars at Vikings Betting Pick for Week 13
Contending for the playoffs seemed like a long shot after Minnesota limped to a 1-5 start, but the Vikings clicked throughout November and look to maintain their momentum to start December, when they’re set to play two of their first three games at home. Cousins has eclipsed 300 yards passing in two straight games, and fell just eight yards shy of that benchmark in the previous contest.
Jaguars at Vikings Betting Pick:
Vikings 41, Jaguars 16
Jaguars at Vikings Best Bet for Week 13
The Vikings and Panthers combined for 38 points in the second half of their Week 12 thriller, but expect nothing resembling a see-saw when Carolina’s 1995 expansion cousins visit U.S. Bank Stadium. Still, with the Vikings looking to come untracked and build momentum for the stretch run and the Jaguars reeling on the road, this still projects as a high-scoring contest — albeit in a lopsided manner.
Jaguars at Vikings Best Bet: OVER 51.5 total points (-120)