Point spread favors Vikings in battle with Titans
Tennessee Titans vs Minnesota Vikings Odds
The Tennessee Titans will be without starting quarterback Jake Locker when they visit the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at the Metrodome. Matt Hasselbeck will start in his place.
Tennessee is just 1-7 ATS in its last eight games. Minnesota is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in its last five games against the Titans.
Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the Titans listed as 5.5-point underdogs at shops such as Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line for the matchup was at 45 over at Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Vikings at No. 15 and the Titans at No. 31 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 29-7 result in favor of the Vikings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 17-ranked offense (22.5 PPG) against a Titans defense that ranks No. 32 at 37.8 PPG. The Vikings passing attack has averaged 199 yards per game, less than the Titans give up through the air (285 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Titans own the league's No. 20-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 121.5 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 9 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Tennessee lost its last outing, a 38-14 result against the Texans on September 30. The Titans failed to cover in that game as a 13.5-point underdog, while the 52 combined points took the game OVER the total. Chris Johnson ran through the Houston defense for 141 yards in Tennessee's last game, but the Titans still lost a 38-14 decision at Reliant Stadium.
Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 20-13 winner as they battled the Lions on the road. The Vikings covered in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 33 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Detroit was unable to contain Adrian Peterson in its last action Sunday and the result was a 20-13 Week 4 loss against the Vikings.
Tennessee Titans Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 4-6
Minnesota Vikings Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 5-5
A few Titans at Vikings trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee's last 6 games
Tennessee is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Tennessee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Tennessee is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games at home
Tennessee home to Pittsburgh, Thursday, October 11
Minnesota at Washington, Sunday, October 14