A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Minnesota Vikings.
* ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and Michael David Smith are both picking the Ravens to win by more than a touchdown.
Don’t look now, but after playing lousy football for most of the year, the defending Super Bowl champs are very much alive in the AFC playoff race. Baltimore should take it to Minnesota and improve to 7-6.
* CBSSports' Pete Prisco says it won't even be that close -- Ravens 27, Vikings 13
The Ravens will be rested after playing on Thanksgiving. Their defense is playing good football. The Ravens are 10th in the league in total defense and sixth in run defense. That will make it tough for Adrian Peterson to get going. When he doesn't, the Vikings don't. Ravens take it.
* John Breech of CBSSports.com predicts the Ravens will win, 30-24. He also has a few comments' on last week's sideline incident with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Ravens returner Jacoby Jones.
I also learned in Week 13 that Mike Tomlin is my new favorite coach in the NFL who I'm pretty sure cheated last week. I'm not big on cheating -- unless I'm playing Candy Land with my 5-year old-niece -- but what Tomlin did to Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones definitely looked like cheating. Now maybe it's just me, but if I'm a Steelers player, I might actually like Tomlin more after what happened knowing that he's willing to do whatever it takes for Pittsburgh to win.
* All eight of CBSSports.com's analysts are picking the Ravens.
* The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer says the Ravens will win in a 34-10 blowout of the Vikings.
Purple is the color of royalty, appropriate for a matchup between rushing king Adrian Peterson and last year’s crowned Super Bowl champions. Peterson will fight through a good defense for a few long runs, but whoever’s at QB will awaken the Ravens’ pass rush and nasty secondary. It’s about time for Joe Flacco to get hot and carry Baltimore into the playoffs.
* Yahoo Sports' Frank Schwab picks the Ravens.
* All of ESPN.com's NFL analysts pick the Ravens to win.
* On Showtime's Inside the NFL, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth pick the Ravens, and so does guest host Steve Largent.
NFL Power Rankings Roundup
* Prisco moves the Ravens to No. 14, up four spots from last week.
They have a favorable schedule down the stretch and the defense is getting better by the week. Are they ready to make a push?
* On FoxSports.com, former Ravens coach Brian Billick also moves the Ravens to No. 14, four spots higher than last week.
The Ravens are 5-1 at home this season and are an amazing 38-8 at home in the Joe Flacco/John Harbaugh era.
* Pro Football Talk has the Ravens at No. 14, too, six spots higher than last week.
* ESPN.com has the Ravens at -- you guessed it -- No. 14, up four spots from last week.
* ESPN's Jamison Hensley explains the Ravens' ranking.
This is a generous ranking for the Ravens (6-6). Baltimore is the highest-ranked team that doesn't have a winning record. The Ravens are also one spot in front of the Chicago Bears (6-6), who beat Baltimore on Nov. 17. As one of six voters in the Power Rankings, I had the Ravens at No. 15, one spot behind the Bears.
* Elliott Harrison of NFL.com has the Ravens 16th in his power rankings, up two spots from last week.
Big win for the still-viable Ravens. For all their problems -- the exodus of veteran players, losing Dennis Pitta to injury, not being able to run the football -- they've quietly hung in there in both the AFC North and AFC wild-card races.
* The Ravens are No. 14 in The Associated Press' Pro32 poll, up five spots from last week.