5 things to know about the Vikings and Jaguars for Week 13

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What are some stats to know about the Minnesota Vikings matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13?

Each week the Minnesota Vikings take the field as of late and going forward, the stakes are nearly do-or-die. Because of a 1-5 start to the season, the margin for error thinned to slim pickings. A loss to Jacksonville this weekend would effectively end the Vikings playoff aspirations. Mathematically, the team’s hopes would be intact, but the pulse would be faint. One more loss can be tolerated — probably to Tampa Bay or New Orleans — but that’s it. Two more losses equate to a season-ending ceiling of 8-8. In 2020, that’s not good enough.

Jacksonville, on paper, is one of the worst teams in the NFL. The team started the season with an unforeseen win over the now-formidable Indianapolis Colts. Looking back, that contest was likely their Super Bowl. Ten losses have followed, and the Jaguars are nearing formal playoff contention elimination.

Minnesota is favored in this Week 13 matchup by ten points. The Vikings are 4-1 since their Week 7 bye. That’s one defensive stand against Dallas away from perfection for the month of November. The recent stretch of prosperity has enabled the Vikings to revitalize their once-doomed season.

Let’s have a look at a few things to know about this matchup between the Vikings and Jaguars matchup.