3 reasons the Vikings will beat the Chargers in Week 3

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Can the Minnesota Vikings avoid starting this season with an 0-3 record and get a win on Sunday over Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers?

The 2023 season for the Minnesota Vikings has started as bad as it could with losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles. If the Vikings still have postseason expectations, then they need a win on Sunday over the Los Angeles Chargers.

A win this weekend would give Minnesota a good chance at getting their record back to .500 when they travel to Carolina next week to take on Adam Thielen and the Panthers.

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Vikings' chances on Sunday against the Chargers. But can Minnesota get out of their own way and eliminate the self-inflicted mistakes? Only time will tell.

Let's look at a couple of reasons why the Vikings will walk away on Sunday with a victory in their Week 3 matchup against Los Angeles, starting with a top running back being absent from the Chargers' offense.