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Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXU.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis

OP
57
-3
CU
56.5o -111
-3.5 -109
ML
165
-190
Partials
1 2 3 4
10 10 10 10
0 0 7 16
Score
40
23
Recap

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Killer instinct has eluded both the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings through five weeks of the NFL season, a big reason why the teams enter Sunday's meeting in Minneapolis with a combined 1-9 record.

 

The inability to finish games ultimately cost Falcons coach Dan Quinn his job this week, meaning players had the chance to hear about the lack of a sense of urgency from a different voice: interim coach Raheem Morris.

 

"At the end of the day, we have to find a way to put our foot on people's throats and end games," Morris said. "That's what has got to happen."

 

The Falcons (0-5) in 2020 became the first NFL team ever to squander a pair of fourth-quarter leads of 15-plus points in the same season, a testament both to a quick-starting offense and shoddy defense.

 

While running back Todd Gurley leads the Falcons' rushing attack with 375 yards and five touchdowns, the Atlanta defense is surrendering 32.2 points and 446.0 yards per game.

 

The Vikings (1-4) and coach Mike Zimmer are coming off their own collapse. Minnesota was on the cusp of handing the Seattle Seahawks their first defeat of the season Sunday night, but a fourth-down conversion attempt deep in Seattle territory late in the game failed, and the Seahawks responded with the winning touchdown on fourth-and-goal with 15 seconds left.

 

Zimmer noted Wednesday that the Vikings have played a trio of undefeated teams in Green Bay, Tennessee and Seattle, as well as one club, Indianapolis, with two losses. The Vikings lost to both the Seahawks and Titans by a single point.

 

"We're getting better every week," Zimmer said. "You've just got to keep getting better, and the wins will come."

 

Veteran Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who has passed for just seven touchdowns through five games, acknowledged the rumblings about his future with the franchise after owner Arthur Blank spoke to the media this week.

 

Ryan said he can't worry about what he can't control, and pledged to steer the team on an improved course after enjoying success alongside Quinn.

 

"Some of the best football that I've played has been under Dan," Ryan said. "I've learned a lot from him in terms of leadership and what it means to be a good teammate. Really appreciated his time here and my time spent with him (and) certainly wish him the best with everything he has going for him going forward."

 

Atlanta may be operating against an undermanned Vikings offense Sunday. Running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown against Seattle before departing in the third quarter with an abductor strain. Second-year back Alexander Mattison kept the ground game churning, rushing 20 times for a career-best 112 yards.

 

Zimmer said that an MRI exam on Cook Monday "went pretty well." Cook didn't practice Wednesday.

 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was held out of Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury after missing the team's Week 5 loss to Carolina with the ailment. Atlanta may be calling on its defensive line depth against the Vikings, as well. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (back) and defensive ends Dante Fowler Jr. (ankle) and Takk McKinley (groin) were limited in practice.

 

Jaylinn Hawkins also was held out of the team's first practice under Morris, as the strong safety remains in concussion protocol.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Atlanta Falcons

Minnesota Vikings

Player Position Lineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Starter
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Halfback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Defensive Back Starter
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Starter
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Substitution
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Edmond Robinson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Tyler Hall primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Not active
Jordan Miller primary: Cornerback Not active
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Justin McCray primary: Guard Did not play
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Not active
Chris Slayton primary: Defensive Tackle Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Kendricks primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Alexander Mattison primary: Halfback Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Left End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Starter
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Cornerback Starter
Ezra Cleveland primary: Right Guard Starter
Cameron Dantzler primary: Cornerback Starter
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Right End Starter
Todd Davis primary: Linebacker Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Substitution
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive End Substitution
Mike Hughes primary: Cornerback Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Center Substitution
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Safety Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
George Iloka primary: Safety Substitution
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Not active
Dalvin Cook primary: Runningback Not active
Holton Hill primary: Cornerback Not active
Dru Samia primary: Guard Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Jordan Brailford primary: Defensive End Did not play

Atlanta Falcons

Minnesota Vikings

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 50 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Julio Jones
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 21 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Pass Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 40 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Julio Jones
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 11 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Justin Jefferson
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 47 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 49 Yards
    • Conv Receiver: Justin Jefferson
    • Conv Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Justin Jefferson
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 35 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Hayden Hurst
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Receiver: Irv Smith Jr.
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Detroit W 37 - 35
  • @New Orleans L 33 - 52
  • Chicago L 33 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay L 14 - 26
  • Jacksonville W 24 - 27
  • Carolina W 27 - 28
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Falcons @ Vikings 40-23
  • Falcons @ Vikings 12-28
  • Vikings @ Falcons 14-9
  • Vikings @ Falcons 20-10
  • Falcons @ Vikings 28-41
  • Vikings @ Falcons 14-24
  • Falcons @ Vikings 24-17
  • Falcons @ Vikings 3-24

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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