The Minnesota Vikings' longship is sinking as the season progresses, and it seems like there's very little they can do to right their fortunes.
It might be a foregone conclusion that the coaching staff will be fired by the end of the season, but they—along with the players—will be fighting for their jobs in a significant way as the season rolls on. A strong performance in the second half of the season might be enough to save their careers even if it won't help their prospects for a job in Minnesota.
As such, they'll want to put up big performances against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night at home. Unlike their performance against Tampa Bay a year ago, they'll want to tighten up and put on a show for the home crowd, hoping to make themselves look better than they have all season.
Thursday Night games are unique in their unpredictability. Underdogs cover the Vegas spread nearly 60 percent of the time according to the data provided by Pro-Football-Reference, even though they generally cover almost exactly half the time, per the same website.
This unpredictability creates a pretty favorable crowd for bold predictions, and the Vikings are set to fulfill some of their own.