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NFL Matchup - Texans Vikings Odds Preview

Minnesota VikingsHouston Texans
Dec 23, 1:00 PM | Grass of Reliant Stadium

Minnesota Vikings vs Houston Texans Odds

8-6TEAM RECORD12-2

Adrian Peterson will look to continue his attack on Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium this Sunday. Peterson is 294 yards away from Dickerson's single-season mark of 2,105 yards, but faces one of the league's top rushing defenses this week.

Houston is 13-4 SU and ATS in its last 17 games at home. Minnesota is 1-4 SU and ATS in its last five games on the road.

View Minnesota vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 9.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 43.5 at most shops (including Sportsbook.ag).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Texans - Vikings odds would favor the Texans if the lines were set according to power ranks. Houston is rated No. 1 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Vikings sit at No. 20. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 31-24 win for the Texans.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 28.1 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 14 this week at 22 PPG. The Texans aerial game is averaging 244.8 yards per game, more than the Vikings secondary allows through the air, 244.4 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Vikings feature the league's No. 20-rated road run defense, allowing 124.1 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 10 in rushing offense at home.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 36-22 result against the Rams on December 16. The Vikings covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 58 combined points took the game OVER the total. Last time we saw the Rams, they had no answer for Adrian Peterson as the Vikings rolled to a 36-22 victory at Edward Jones Dome.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 29-17 winner as they battled the Colts at home. The Texans covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 46 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Last time we saw the Colts, they had no answer for Arian Foster as the Texans rolled to a 29-17 victory at Reliant Stadium.

Minnesota Vikings Trends:
When playing in December are 4-6
When playing on grass are 3-7
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 6-4

Houston Texans Trends:
When playing in December are 4-6
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 7-3

A few Vikings at Texans trends to consider:
Minnesota is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Green Bay, Sunday, December 30
Houston at Indianapolis, Sunday, December 30