Vikings vs Skins Thursday Betting
The Washington Redskins are road favorites at the Minnesota Vikings in a turning-point game for both teams.
After a 1-4 start, Washington has won two of three, including an impressive overtime win over the San Diego Chargers. QB Robert Griffin III has had his ups and downs in his second season, but appears to be regaining some of the spark that led the Redskins to the playoffs last season.
The NFC East is very much up for grabs with the Redskins beginning the week one game back in the loss column.
The Vikings are reeling, yet put up a fight in last week’s tough, close loss to the Dallas Cowboys. And Minnesota still features a weapon of mass destruction in Adrian Peterson. The Redskins have the 22nd-ranked run defense in the league.
These two teams met last season, with Washington winning 38-26 at home as a 2.5-point underdog.
The Vikings sit at 1-7 (3-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Redskins are currently 3-5 (3-5 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Minnesota is 6-2 OU, and Washington is 5-3 OU.
The Vikings were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at Bovada and other online sportsbooks, with the total listed at one point at 48.5.
This game matches up the No. 28 (Vikings) and the No. 21 (Redskins) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 20-18 result in favor of the Redskins is predicted by handicapping models.
Washington won its last outing, a 30-24 result against the Chargers on November 3. The Redskins covered in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 54 combined points took the game OVER the total. Adrian Peterson went over the 100-yard mark (140) in his team's latest effort, but Dallas still defeated Minnesota by a score of 27-23.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 23.25 PPG, against a Redskins defense that ranks No. 31 this week at 31.62 PPG. The Vikings aerial game is averaging 205.25 yards per game, less than the Redskins secondary allows through the air, 282.12 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Redskins feature the league's No. 7-rated road run defense, allowing 99.5 yards per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, ranks No. 17 in rushing offense at home.
A few Redskins at Vikings trends to consider:
Washington is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
Washington is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games
Minnesota is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
Washington at Philadelphia, Sunday, November 17th
Minnesota at Seattle, Sunday, November 17th