Pioneer Press picks: Vikings at Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 3

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones reaches to score a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Vikings 27, Falcons 24: A marquee matchup between two streaking NFC teams with tough, physical defenses and dynamic offenses. The Vikings are 4-1 on the road and have won seven straight, so they are poised for an upset in their sternest challenge yet.


Vikings 24, Falcons 21: This is a tough game for the Vikings, but if they’re as good as I think they are, they’ll win.

Vikings 19, Falcons 17: Mike Zimmer was Atlanta’s defensive coordinator in 2007 when head coach Bobby Petrino bolted for Arkansas after 13 games. Suddenly, Zimmer had to find another job. But he’s 2-0 against the Falcons with Minnesota and looking for another win.

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Vikings 21, Falcons 20: Atlanta is 7-4 but not a great football team. At this juncture of the season, it makes no sense to pick against the Vikings (9-2), who still look like a team of destiny.

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