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Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts Pick & Prediction SEP 20TH 2020

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One game into the 2020 season, the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings are eager to prove Week 1 losses were an aberration.

 

The Colts coughed up an early lead at Jacksonville and lost to the Jaguars, 27-20. The Vikings were easily handled by a division rival, too, in a 43-34 home defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.

 

Minnesota travels to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Colts on Sunday in Philip Rivers' first home game as Indy's quarterback. He's already down a starting backfield mate. Marlon Mack, playing in a contract year, tore his Achilles in Jacksonville, which elevated rookie Jonathan Taylor to a spotlight role earlier than expected.

 

Rivers found the silver lining in his debut with the Colts. Indianapolis generated 445 yards in total offense but Rivers threw two interceptions, overshadowing his 36-of-46 passing day with 363 yards and a touchdown. After taking in film sessions this week, Rivers couldn't temper his frustration.

 

"I'm still a little aggravated about last week," Rivers said on Wednesday.

 

The Vikings are preaching pass rush after Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lit up the secondary with relative ease in Week 1. Minus injured left end Danielle Hunter, the Vikings remain determined to get to the quarterback without sending extra pressure. Rodgers had four touchdown passes and threw for 364 yards. At least one other big play for a touchdown was avoided thanks to a drop by Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

 

Mike Hughes and Holton Hill started at cornerback last week for the Vikings and were exposed without a significant pass rush. Rodgers attempted a Week 1-high 10 deep passes. They'll be targets again Sunday, but safety Harrison Smith said the Vikings are unbowed and unwilling to point fingers.

 

"Our young guys are going to be really good players, and they are good players," Smith said, crediting some of the breakdowns to jitters in the opener. "Playing in your first game against one of the best quarterbacks in the league, one of the best receivers in the league, good offense. We've definitely got to get better, but I like the guys we've got."

 

Rivers gave Jacksonville's young cornerbacks multiple chances to make plays last week, and the Jaguars came away with two picks.

 

Rivers has 13 interceptions in his past eight games, dating to the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Chargers. He said he's not thinking about turnovers.

 

"It is part of life in the NFL. You hope there's just not very many," Rivers said. "There's been more than I would have liked the past handful of years, but overall, it's not been an issue in my career."

 

The Vikings last faced Rivers in a regular-season game in 2015. They've never seen Taylor, who had six receptions for 67 yards and nine carries for 22 yards in Week 1.

 

In three seasons at Wisconsin, Taylor eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards twice and finished his Badgers career with 6,174 running yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground. The Colts selected him with the No. 41 overall pick in the draft in April.

 

Rivers said Taylor reminds him of former Chargers teammate Michael Turner, a LaDainian Tomlinson backup with the Chargers whose production exploded once he became a starter with the Atlanta Falcons.

 

"Similar in size and people forget how fast Michael Turner was, but he could really run -- same with Jonathan," Rivers said. "They are similar in that regard. That's who he reminds me of."

 

Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota offense will take aim at one of the Vikings' former cornerbacks, Xavier Rhodes. He's on the other side of the field Sunday. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he hopes Rhodes, released in the offseason by the Vikings, is staying safe and healthy.

 

"I love Xavier, he's a great kid, good competitor," Zimmer said. "We had a lot of good times together."

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Minnesota Vikings

Indianapolis Colts

Player Position Lineup
Anthony Barr primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Holton Hill primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Mike Hughes primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Kendricks primary: Middle Linebacker 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
Dru Samia primary: Right Guard 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
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Cornerback Starter
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Right End Starter
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
C.J. Ham primary: Runningback Substitution
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Eric Wilson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ezra Cleveland primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
Troy Dye primary: Linebacker Substitution
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Did not play
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Eddie Yarbrough primary: Defensive End Not active
Mark Fields II primary: Defensive Back Did not play
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Cameron Dantzler primary: Cornerback Not active
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Mo Alie-Cox primary: Tight End Starter
Denico Autry primary: Defensive End Starter
Parris Campbell primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Castonzo primary: Left Tackle Starter
Mark Glowinski primary: Right Guard Starter
T.Y. Hilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malik Hooker primary: Free Safety Starter
Justin Houston primary: Defensive End Starter
Ryan Kelly primary: Center Starter
Darius Leonard primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Kenny Moore II primary: Cornerback Starter
Quenton Nelson primary: Left Guard Starter
Bobby Okereke primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Zach Pascal primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Braden Smith primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grover Stewart primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Anthony Walker primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Khari Willis primary: Strong Safety Starter
DeForest Buckner primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Philip Rivers primary: Quarterback Starter
Xavier Rhodes primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonathan Taylor primary: Runningback Starter
Matthew Adams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ben Banogu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Ashton Dulin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Daurice Fountain primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Zaire Franklin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nyheim Hines primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyquan Lewis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Al-Quadin Muhammad primary: Defensive End Substitution
George Odum primary: Safety Substitution
Luke Rhodes primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Rigoberto Sanchez primary: Punter Substitution
Jordan Wilkins primary: Runningback Substitution
Le'Raven Clark primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
T.J. Carrie primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Pittman Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Julian Blackmon primary: Safety Substitution
Danny Pinter primary: Guard Substitution
Isaiah Rodgers primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jordan Glasgow primary: Linebacker Substitution
Farrod Green primary: Tight End Substitution
Rodrigo Blankenship primary: Kicker Substitution
Taylor Stallworth primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tavon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Noah Togiai primary: Tight End Substitution
Chaz Green primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jacoby Brissett primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jack Doyle primary: Tight End Not active
E.J. Speed primary: Linebacker Not active
Rock Ya-Sin primary: Defensive Back Not active
Jacob Eason primary: Quarterback Not active
Dezmon Patmon primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Eli Ankou primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Minnesota Vikings

Indianapolis Colts

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 21 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 28 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Sack in end zone
    • Safety Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Safety Sacker: DeForest Buckner
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Jonathan Taylor
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 4
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Rusher: Dalvin Cook
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 44 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Zach Pascal
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

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
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Buffalo L 24 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 28
  • @Pittsburgh L 24 - 28
  • Houston W 20 - 27
  • @Las Vegas W 44 - 27
  • @Houston W 26 - 20
  • Tennessee L 45 - 26
  • Green Bay W 31 - 34
  • @Tennessee W 34 - 17
  • Baltimore L 24 - 10

Last Meetings

  • Vikings @ Colts 11-28
  • Colts @ Vikings 34-6
  • Vikings @ Colts 20-23
  • Vikings @ Colts 13-3
  • Colts @ Vikings 18-15

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
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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