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Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars: First Quarter Open Thread

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-6) WEEK 14 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-10)

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Date: 11 December 2016
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: Everbank Field
TV: FOX
KMSP-9 (Twin Cities)
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 227 (JAX)
Sirius Ch 118
TV Announcers: Kenny Albert
Daryl Johnston
Know Thy Foe: Big Cat Country
Weather: 71 degrees, winds from SE at 5-10 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: Minnesota -3.5, Over/Under 39.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 17, Jaguars 14
Final Score:

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We've hit crunch time for the 2016 regular season, folks. If the Minnesota Vikings want to get themselves into the playoff picture. . .again. . .they're going to have to run off four consecutive wins, starting today at Everbank Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

So, what do the Vikings have to do today in order to get a potential run started?

1) Take what Blake gives you - Blake Bortles is a bad quarterback. He's a bad quarterback that makes a lot of bad throws. He's going to give the Vikings' back seven opportunities to make plays today. Even without Harrison Smith roaming the secondary, the Vikings are going to have to take advantage and put their offense in a position to put points on the board. The Vikings are currently +13 in the turnover department this season, while the Jaguars are at -18. That's an advantage that needs to be exploited today.

2) Take what the defense gives you - Let's not overlook the Jacksonville defense. They have a very good secondary, and are fourth in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game this season. They've been put on a lot of short fields by their offense, which is why their points allowed total doesn't quite match with that. The Vikings are going to have to do a much better job of protecting Sam Bradford and give him an opportunity to find openings in the coverage and keep the Minnesota offense on the field.

3) Don't get cocky, kid - On paper, this game should be a relatively easy victory for Minnesota. But, as the Vikings have proven this year, games aren't played on paper. They need to keep their focus and not get caught overlooking this Jacksonville team. As we've said numerous times this week, the road to the playoffs for this team starts with them running the table in their final four games, and if they lose this one, the competitive portion of their 2016 season is basically over with. Hopefully that won't happen.

We're less than an hour away from kickoff at Everbank Field, ladies and gentlemen. Keep your eyes open for a new Open Thread at the start of each quarter, and let's hope that our favorite team can get themselves a victory this afternoon.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!