Atlanta Falcons vs Minnesota Vikings Week 6 Pick – NFL October 18

The NFL is set up with a good week of action this Sunday. Twelve games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams have struggled throughout the season, but could earn a big win in this one. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.

The Falcons have started off this season with a record of 0-5, which has them in fourth place of the NFC South. Atlanta fired their General Manager and Head Coach after their last loss and will look to bounce back in this one. The Falcons are running out of time to save their season and will look to turn it around a little bit with a win on Sunday.

Minnesota has started the season with a record of 1-4, which has them in last place of the NFC North. The Vikings are coming off a playoff appearance last season and will need to turn around their season quickly if they want to avoid missing the playoffs. Minnesota will look to keep Atlanta winless with a victory on October 18.

These two teams have had starts to forget this season. Both teams were listed as playoff contenders before the season started but will look to bounce back with a win in this one. The season is still early, but both teams need to start winning now if they want a chance to slip into the playoffs. I expect both offenses to come out strong in this one as they look for the win.

Previous Matchups

These two teams met up in Week 1 last season. Matt Ryan had two touchdown passes, one to Calvin Ridley and one to Julio Jones. Dalvin Cook rushed for two touchdowns though, while Kirk Cousins had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown. Minnesota jumped out to a dominant 28-0 lead and earned a 28-12 win on the day.

The Falcons are coming off a matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. Todd Gurley opened up the scoring for Atlanta with a touchdown, but the Falcons could not find the endzone for the rest of the game. Teddy Bridgewater threw for two touchdowns and Joey Slye went 3-3 on field goals. The Panthers were able to earn their third straight win with a 23-16 win over the Falcons.

Minnesota is coming off a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings saw Dalvin Cook rush for a touchdown, while Adam Thielen caught two touchdowns from Kirk Cousins. Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, including two to D.K. Metcalf as the Seahawks came back from down 13-0 at halftime. Seattle scored as time was running down to win 27-26.

These two teams were able to put up strong performances in their last week matchup, but both teams came up short. The Vikings had a more impressive game as they almost took down the undefeated Seahawks. Now the Falcons will look to bounce back though with a new head coach and GM. If Atlanta can get the new game plan down, it will give them a chance to earn their first win of the season.

Quarterback Comparison

Atlanta has Matt Ryan starting under center this season, which is a really solid starter in the NFL. Ryan has thrown for 1472 yards, 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions to open up this season. In his last game, Ryan went 21-37 for 226 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. Ryan will need to do better in this one if the Falcons are going to get their offense going.

Kirk Cousins is the starting Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Cousins has not been great to open up this season. He has thrown for 1132 yards, 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. In the Seahawks game, Cousins went 27-39 for 249 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Cousins will look to do a bit better as he faces Atlanta this week.

These two teams have strong starting Quarterbacks, but neither Quarterback is off to an ideal start this season. Ryan has had a bit better of a start on the season, but Cousins is coming off a better performance. With a new Head Coach, Ryan will look to help lead a reenergized offense out onto the field on Sunday.

Offensive Battle

The Falcons have been able to put up solid numbers on offense throughout the season. Atlanta has scored 122 points this season, which is 20th in the NFL. The Falcons have also earned 1957 yards of offense, which is 11th in the league. Atlanta has allowed 161 points and 2230 yards, which are 30th and 31st in the league.

Minnesota has also been solid on offense throughout this season. The Vikings have scored 132 points, which is 15th in the NFL. Minnesota has also gained 1880 yards of offense, which is 17th in the league. The Vikings defense has struggled a bit, allowing 152 points and 2020 yards, which are 27th and 26th in the NFL respectively.

These two teams have not struggled on the offensive end this season, it has been the defense that has let them down. Minnesota needs to limit their turnovers, while Atlanta needs to change up their defensive game plan. If either defense can step up in this one, it should be enough to help lead their team to the Week 6 win.

Pick Overview

The Falcons and the Vikings have both struggled this season, but Atlanta is coming in with a fresh mindset with a new Coach and GM. I expect the Falcons to finally get in the win column with a victory over the Vikings. Minnesota’s Cornerbacks have struggled this season, which I think Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley will take advantage of. The Vikings will also be missing Dalvin Cook in this one.

Bovada has Minnesota listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Vikings in this one. I believe that this one should be closer to even with Minnesota struggling and Dalvin Cook out. Atlanta has a new coach, which could help revive their offense. If the Falcons can come out strong in this one, I think they will keep it close and have a chance to earn a win on Sunday.

Atlanta Falcons +4.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.