The dumbest thing that sportswriters do is make predictions.

We don't know. We're just guessing. And if we do break down a game perfectly beforehand, telling you that the X receivers won't be able to get open against cloud coverage, then some third-string back will fumble away a touchdown and mess up your prediction anyway. to today's stupid prediction.

I thought the Giants game would be an ideal time for Jerick McKinnon to break out, and he did. I thought the Texans game would provide an opportunity for Cordarrelle Patterson to break out, and he did.

Today's pick: Anthony Barr.

He's been solid but unspectacular, which is weird, because at his best he's usually spectacular.

Facing a quarterback who has done well against the blitz but hasn't faced a defense like the Vikings', I think Barr makes a big play or two to swing the game in the Vikings' favor. My pick: Vikings 29-13.

The problem with picking Vikings games at this point is they may be favored in every remaining game, as long as Sam Bradford stays healthy. But they're not going to go undefeated.

So when and where do they lose?

It shouldn't be surprising if they lose in Philly. This is a tough place to play and sometimes teams coming off the bye week look sluggish.

But I can't see it. I can't see a rookie quarterback beating this defense.


Stefon Diggs is active for the game, as you probably know by now.


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