So, who would’ve thought that at this point in the season that the New York Jets would be 7-4 and on track to make the AFC playoffs? Anyone, anyone? Probably not, so the Jets are one of the biggest surprises in the league this season.
Speaking of surprises, it’s now time to talk about another surprise team, the Minnesota Vikings. The 9-2 Vikings have won eight of their last nine and are sitting atop the NFC North Division. With Justin Jefferson leading the way, the Vikings have put themselves in a great position.
These two playoff-caliber teams will meet on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Vikings will host the Jets in a very good contest. Let’s take a look at both teams, and then we’ll give you our NFL Betting prediction for this possible Super Bowl matchup.
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Even at 6-4, Jets head coach Robert Saleh had seen enough of second-year starting quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson had struggled for much of the season, and Saleh had seen enough. Thus, Mike White will now be under center for the Jets. White has always been quick out of the gates when given an opportunity, but he has always seemed to fizzle out late.
With White under center, the Jets‘ offense came to life. We’ll see if White can continue to play well, or if last week’s game showed everyone that White was a fluke. White is now missing his top two running backs, so we will see how he handles that situation.
Defensively, this is one of the best units in the league. The defensive line is one of the best, and the Vikings will have a hard time moving the ball against them. Saleh is hoping that the offense can handle their end of things. If not, it could be another long bus ride home.
Like the Jets, the Vikings are one of the league’s biggest surprises. The Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson combination has put the Vikings in a great position to make a playoff run.
Even with Dalvin Cook having a down season, the Vikings’ offense has still been very good. Kirk Cousins can be bad at times, but he has been good more this season than bad, so that has been huge for the Vikings’ season.
Defensively, the Vikings have been much better than expected. They have a good secondary, and they have done a nice job of stopping the run.
With both Breece Hall and Michael Carter out for the Jets this week, the Jets running game could take a huge downfall. We’ll see if Mike White stays hot or if the Vikings’ defense can bring him back down to Earth.
The Vikings have been made a three-point favorite by the oddsmakers. The Jets are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, while the Minnesota Vikings are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games. The numbers don’t really trend in either direction.
We think Minnesota will win the game and cover the spread. Even though the Jets have a good defense, we’re not sold on White yet. We think the Vikings will win this one by a touchdown.