Vikings prediction No. 1
The Vikings defense will hold the Broncos under 21 points
The Broncos started the season with plenty of promise offensively. Nathaniel Hackett was fired last spring to bring in Sean Payton and his track record with the New Orleans Saints indicated that he could get the best out of Russell Wilson.
The problem is that it just hasn’t materialized. The Broncos are one of the league’s worst passing offenses with 184.6 yards per game passing and are 23rd with a total of 6.89 expected points added on passing plays. Cortland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy have also been disappointments and a refusal to use Marvin Mims has left the Broncos with a punchless passing attack.
To offset this, the Broncos have logged 34 rushing attempts per game during their three-game winning streak compared to 21.5 attempts in their first three games. With the Broncos' defense also creating a plus-seven turnover margin in the last two games, Denver has averaged a starting field position on their own 43.4-yard line, which has given them a short field to work with.
Unfortunately, the Broncos still have mustered only 24 points and five total touchdowns in their last two games and will go up against a Vikings defense that seems to get better each week under Brian Flores. If the Vikings can stop the run and get pressure on Wilson, they should be able to enhance Denver’s offensive woes on Sunday.