Flashback Friday: Vikings Defeat Raiders in 2019 + Prediction

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The 6-6 Minnesota Vikings and 5-7 Las Vegas Raiders are set to face off Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.

Flashback Friday: Vikings Defeat Raiders in 2019 + Prediction

Minnesota is coming off the bye week and will get Justin Jefferson back. However, they heartbreakingly lost their last two games. The last one especially was rough — losing at home to a struggling Chicago Bears team.

Las Vegas is also on a two-game losing skid — a huge game for both teams.

The last time these two teams faced each other came in 2019 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Raiders at the time belonged to Oakland.

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Kirk Cousins went 15/21 for 174 yards and a touchdown. Dalvin Cook rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Irv Smith Jr caught three passes for 60 yards. Adam Thielen caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Eric Wilson had a game-high 11 tackles and two sacks.

For Oakland, Derek Carr went 27/34 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Darren Waller caught 13 passes for 134 yards. Jordy Nelson caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Karl Joseph recorded a team-high eight tackles.

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Minnesota won 34-14, improving to 2-1 on the season. They finished the season at 10-6 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

“Good things usually happen when you play with great effort,” coach Mike Zimmer said.

Minnesota trails the all-time series 10-6.

Besides Minnesota losing the past two games, the Green Bay Packers are also catching up to them in the wildcard standings. They are also 6-6, with Minnesota holding the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Every game the rest of the way is very critical. If the playoffs started today, they would be the sixth seed. Making the playoffs with Kirk Cousins suffering a season-ending injury last month and Jefferson missing the past seven games will be impressive, but it is still disappointing how they lost the past two games and starting 1-4, even with both of their star players.

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This is another very winnable game. The last two were as well. It could very well go either way.

A loss would not end their playoff hopes by any means, but it would definitely make things tougher. They still have two games left against the division-leading Detroit Lions and one more against Green Bay. Neither three games will be easy.

Prediction: Raiders win 24-20