NFL Week 9 picks: Who the experts are taking in Vikings vs. Commanders

The Washington Commanders [4-4] host the Minnesota Vikings [6-1] Sunday at FedEx Field in a battle between NFC playoff hopefuls.

The Vikings have won five in a row and sit in a terrific position to win the NFC North. Minnesota currently has a 3.5-game lead over Green Bay and Chicago, which feels insurmountable when you watch the Packers and Bears play.

The Commanders have won three in a row. After beginning the season 1-3, Washington looked poised to take down the Tennessee Titans in Week 5, but quarterback Carson Wentz was intercepted at the goal line at the end of the game, breaking the hearts of Washington fans.

But the Commanders bounced back and have won their past three games.

Neither of these teams wins handily. Every Minnesota win during its current winning streak has been by one score. Meanwhile, the Commanders have won the last three games by a total of eight points.

Who do the experts believe wins in Week 9?

According to NFL Pickwatch, 90% of the experts picked the Vikings. This is nothing new for Washington, as it faces the same odds seemingly week after week.

The Vikings are probably the better team, but is there really a huge gap between these two teams? We shall find out Sunday afternoon.

Story originally appeared on Commanders Wire