Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders
The Minnesota Vikings look for their third win of the season as they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Raiders are -1.5 point favorites over the Vikings with an over/under point total set at 44.
The Minnesota Vikings are having a down year but at the very least they are going to have some positive takeaways form this season and have a nice group to build on in the future. Christian Ponder has taken over at QB and while many criticized the Vikings selection and the trading up to get him in last year’s draft, Ponder looks to have all of the tools, he just needs some experience and some help. Thus far Ponder has completed 50.5 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and three interceptions, numbers that look like will improve as the season moves on. Adrian Peterson is still one of the best backs in the NFL and despite the Vikings offensive problems he is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and he has 10 rushing touchdowns. Percy Harvin continues to show his athleticism catching 37 passes and Michael Jenkins looks to show the world that he is a better player than he showed in Atlanta as he has 32 catches and three touchdowns. The Minnesota defense has allowed 366.7 yards per game and 27.1 points but they have 27 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries, and six interceptions. Chad Greenway has 73 tackles, Jared Allen has 13.5 sacks, and Jamarca Sanford has two interceptions. Minnesota let some leads get away from them earlier this season so their record isn’t an indication of overall bad play, it’s more of a reflection of not being able to win.
The Oakland Raiders are in first place in the AFC West but with the three other teams in the division all just a game back they are anything but in the clear. Carson Palmer had his best game as a Raider last week completing 14 of 20 passes for 299 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Darren McFadden is averaging 5.4 yards per carry but he has been on the shelf with an injusry and he is questionable here and Michael Bush has been carrying the load averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Darrius Heyward-Bey leads the Raiders with 27 catches but Denarius Moore has emerged as a major threat and he has 23 catches and four touchdowns. The Oakland defense is allowing 378.4 yards per game and 25.9 points while they have 25 sacks, five fumble recoveries, and eight interceptions. Tyvon Branch has 69 tackles, Kamerion Wimbley has six sacks, and Richard Seymour has five sacks. The Raiders have played physically all season long but the injury list shows it and many of their stars are questionable once again this week.
Minnesota is 3-0-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 4-11-1 against the spread in their last 16 games as an underdog, and 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games as a road underdog. Oakland is 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six as a road favorite, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games overall.
This game sets up to be somewhat of a coin toss and the line suggests one as well. That be said, I will make a small bet on the Vikings at plus 1.5.
Minnesota Vikings +1.5 Oakland Raiders