5 reasons why the Vikings will beat the Broncos in Week 11

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /
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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /

Buffalo taught Minnesota a valuable lesson

On paper, Sunday’s game against the Broncos is one that the Vikings are supposed to win. Minnesota is favored by 10 points and they have clearly been the better of the two teams this season.

But this is all very similar to how everything was viewed before the Vikings took on the Buffalo Bills inside U.S. Bank Stadium last year. Winless and starting a rookie quarterback, the Bills did the unthinkable last season and defeated Minnesota on their home field.

That surprising result will likely be on the minds of a number of Vikings players and coaches as they go up against Denver on Sunday.

It seems simple, but Minnesota knows that they cannot underestimate any of their opponents. Anyone is capable of beating any team in the league (well, maybe not the Bengals) and the Vikings can’t fall victim to overconfidence this week.

Even though their loss to Buffalo last season produced a bunch of terrible memories for Minnesota, it has also caused the Vikings to prepare just as hard for every opponent each week, no matter what their record is.

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Plus, Minnesota didn’t have Dalvin Cook available against the Bills last year. Cook is healthy for Sunday and he’ll be one of many Vikings players making sure they don’t suffer another embarrassing loss on their home field against an inferior opponent.