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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction DEC 6TH 2020

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Kirk Cousins shook off previous struggles to steer the Minnesota Vikings on a game-winning drive against the Carolina Panthers last week.

Invigorating or not, those heroics figure to be far from the quarterback's mind Sunday as the Vikings aim to continue their late-season playoff push with a win against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.

"You're only as good as your last game, so you have to keep it going," Cousins said. "And there never really is a moment where you sit down and feel like you've done something. Really, until the day you retire and walk away, you're always kind of looking to climb the next challenge and make the next play happen, and that's kind of where all my energy goes."


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The Vikings have won four of five following their bye to pull within one game of the NFC's final wild card spot. At 5-6, Minnesota can reach .500 for the first time this season by defeating the reeling Jaguars, who will try to avoid their 11th straight loss.

Jacksonville (1-10) fired general manager Dave Caldwell following its latest defeat, a 27-25 home loss to Cleveland in Week 12. Shad Khan will retain coach Doug Marrone and his staff for the rest of the season, but the organization is navigating plenty of question marks about the future.

Veteran Mike Glennon is set to start at quarterback for the Jaguars despite one-time incumbent Gardner Minshew's full recovery from a thumb injury. Marrone said Glennon -- who was 20-of-35 for 235 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland -- gives the team the best chance to win and will keep the job with solid play.

"It's good to have the respect of the coaches," Glennon said, "but at the end of the day, it's about going out there week after week and stacking good performances. ... Five games left, and hopefully we continue to build on the things we did well and improve on the things I didn't."


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Minnesota figures to have close to a full complement of offensive weapons available for the game after activating wide receiver Adam Thielen from the COVID-19 list this week. I would avoid betting on NFL player props for Thielen in his first week back, though.

Running back Dalvin Cook, who sustained an ankle injury against the Panthers but returned to the game, also appears ready. Cook had 18 carries for 61 yards while contributing four receptions for 21 yards. Although he was limited during Wednesday's practice, Cook is expected to play against the Jaguars.

"I've got to attack the rehab, got to attack the process, but I'm good, though," Cook said. "I'm good to go. It's just another week in the NFL. Another physical game."


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Cook ranks second in the NFL with 1,130 rushing yards and is tops with 13 rushing touchdowns. In the past five games, he has averaged 5.1 yards on 127 carries while running for six touchdowns, providing dependability and durability amid bumps and bruises.

"Once you step on the field and the ball is kicked off, you just go play," Cousins said. "And you don't really think about the hits. I don't think you can. It doesn't give you a chance to play your best football and give everything you have."

Tight end Irv Smith Jr. (back) and defensive end D.J. Wonnum (ankle/back) didn't practice for Minnesota on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Minnesota Vikings

Player Position Lineup
A.J. Cann primary: Right Guard Starter
DJ Chark Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Keelan Cole Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joe Giles-Harris primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Tre Herndon primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Myles Jack primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Brandon Linder primary: Center Starter
James O'Shaughnessy primary: Tight End Starter
Cam Robinson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tyler Shatley primary: Left Guard Starter
Dawuane Smoot primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Jawaan Taylor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jarrod Wilson primary: Free Safety Starter
Josh Jones primary: Strong Safety Starter
Joe Schobert primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Laviska Shenault Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Doug Costin primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
James Robinson primary: Runningback Starter
Mike Glennon primary: Quarterback Starter
Adam Gotsis primary: Defensive End Starter
Daniel Ekuale primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Greg Mabin primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Taven Bryan primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Chris Conley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Logan Cooke primary: Punter Substitution
K.C. McDermott primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Devine Ozigbo primary: Runningback Substitution
Will Richardson Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Brandon Watson primary: Safety Substitution
Quincy Williams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Andrew Wingard primary: Safety Substitution
Tyler Eifert primary: Tight End Substitution
K'Lavon Chaisson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Ben Bartch primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Josiah Scott primary: Cornerback Substitution
Shaquille Quarterman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Collin Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Nathan Cottrell primary: Runningback Substitution
Ross Matiscik primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Luq Barcoo primary: Cornerback Substitution
Caraun Reid primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dare Ogunbowale primary: Runningback Substitution
Doug Middleton primary: Safety Substitution
Eric Saubert primary: Tight End Substitution
Aaron Lynch primary: Defensive End Substitution
Chase McLaughlin primary: Kicker Substitution
Dakota Allen primary: Linebacker Not active
Gardner Minshew II primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jake Luton primary: Quarterback Not active
Tyler Davis primary: Tight End Not active
Sidney Jones primary: Cornerback Not active
Kamalei Correa primary: Linebacker Not active
Nate Meadors primary: Cornerback Did not play
Reggie Gilbert primary: Defensive End Not active
Player Position Lineup
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jalyn Holmes primary: Left End Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Right End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyle Rudolph 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: Right Cornerback Starter
Ezra Cleveland primary: Right Guard Starter
Cameron Dantzler primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Todd Davis primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Center Substitution
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dru Samia primary: Guard Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Eddie Yarbrough primary: Defensive End Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Brandon Dillon primary: Tight End Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Troy Dye primary: Linebacker Substitution
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Substitution
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Safety Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Brailford primary: Defensive End Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Cornerback Substitution
Andrew DePaola primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Eric Kendricks primary: Linebacker Did not play
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Not active
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Not active
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Not active
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Not active
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Did not play
Curtis Riley primary: Safety Not active
Dylan Mabin primary: Cornerback Not active

Jacksonville Jaguars

Minnesota Vikings

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Chase McLaughlin
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Laviska Shenault Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Chase McLaughlin
    • Passer: Mike Glennon
  • Period 2
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Justin Jefferson
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 12 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: C.J. Ham
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Interception Return
    • 43 Yards
    • Interception Returner: Joe Schobert
    • Conv Kicker: Chase McLaughlin
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Receiver: Collin Johnson
    • Rusher: James Robinson
    • Conv Passer: Mike Glennon
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Sack in end zone
    • Safety Sacker: Ifeadi Odenigbo
    • Safety Passer: Mike Glennon
  • Period 5
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 0% L 100%
0 10
  • @Indianapolis L 14 - 28
  • Chicago L 41 - 17
  • @Baltimore L 14 - 40
  • Tennessee L 31 - 10
  • @Minnesota L 24 - 27
  • Cleveland L 27 - 25
  • Pittsburgh L 27 - 3
  • @Green Bay L 20 - 24
  • Houston L 27 - 25
  • @L.A. Chargers L 29 - 39
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

  • Jaguars @ Vikings 24-27
  • Jaguars @ Vikings 14-10
  • Vikings @ Jaguars 25-16
  • Jaguars @ Vikings 23-26
  • Vikings @ Jaguars 30-12

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
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
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
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
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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