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Nov 17, 2019 3:00 AM


Denver Broncos (3-6) at Minnesota Vikings (7-3) 

Time: 10 a.m. 

Line: Vikings -10 (Total: 40) 

The skinny: The hard-luck Broncos, who are only two games out in the loss column in the AFC West, head to Minnesota to face a Vikings team that’s on a high after upsetting the Cowboys in the JerryDome last Sunday night. 

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Facts: Denver coach Vic Fangio faced Minnesota twice last year as Chicago’s DC, winning both games and holding the Vikings to 10 points in the season finale when Minnesota needed a win to make the playoffs. They lost, 24-10. ... The Broncos are coming off a bye. The Vikings, meanwhile, are one of four teams that haven’t had theirs yet.  

Analysis: The added rest for Denver and the fact Minnesota hasn’t had a chance to catch its breath since summer drills began is a big edge for the Broncos who surely got in some good time in the whirlpool and were able to give newbie QB Brandon Allen lots of practice reps with the first team. Plus there’s Fangio’s knowledge of Vikings personnel from his four-year tenure (2015-18) as Bears defensive boss. And besides, Denver has the league’s fourth-rated defense. FYI: Denver’s money line is +400.  

Prediction: Broncos 19, Vikings 17  

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