Why the Vikings can win their final eight games of the 2020 season

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Week 13

Jacksonville Jaguars (Home)

Why the Vikings can win:

The Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the NFL this season and at 1-7, they probably won’t be looking to make sure they win many more games so that they can remain in contention for the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jacksonville’s offense doesn’t score many points and their defense can’t stop their opponents from scoring this year. That’s not exactly the recipe for success.

Week 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Away)

Why the Vikings can win:

Signing Tom Brady was supposed to automatically transform the Bucs into a Super Bowl contender. While Tampa Bay is better with Brady under center this year, they’re far from an invincible team.

The Bucs barely beat the 2-7 New York Giants in Week 8 and they just suffered a 35-point loss to the Saints. Sure, New Orleans is currently one of the best teams in the league, but Super Bowl contenders typically don’t get blown out by 30 points in a regular-season game like Tampa Bay did.

Week 15

Chicago Bears (Home)

Why the Vikings can win:

If the Vikings can get a road win over the Bears in Week 10, there’s no reason why Minnesota can’t hand Chicago a loss inside U.S. Bank Stadium five weeks later.

Even if the Vikings actually lose to the Bears in Week 10, Minnesota typically performs better on their home field against their division rival. In fact, the Vikings are 6-2 in their last eight home games against Chicago.