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Vikings Have Covered the Spread in Nine Straight Games

The Minnesota Vikings (4-0) and Houston Texans (3-1) were both expected to do big things in the 2016 NFL season, and both sides have done their part to prove they’re contenders so far. The squads will tangle at the splashy U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of the Vikings' last 14 games in Week 5.
  • The Texans are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on the road after an ATS loss on the road.
  • The Vikings are 6-1 SU in their last seven games as a favorite of 6.0 or more.

Betting the Vikes has been an extremely profitable endeavor within the last calendar year. Minnesota is perfect against the spread in the young season, and if you’ve bet $100 on each of the Vikes’ last nine games you would be up a whopping $33,684. That looks like a pretty good reason to wager on the purple and gold.

The Texans are quickly becoming a favorite for UNDER bettors. In Houston’s last six tilts, the UNDER is 5-1. Sportsbooks opened the Vikings as 6-point home favorites with a total of 39.5.

When these teams collide, it’s the Vikings who have been producing both on the field and at the betting window. Minny is 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three tilts with Houston.

When Teddy Bridgewater went down in the preseason, things looked bleak in the Gopher State. But recently acquired signal-caller Sam Bradford has done a fine job under center for the Vikes, and it’s led many to speculate that they may be the best team in the NFC right now. It was ridiculed at the time, but the Bradford trade is looking like a fantastic deal right now.

The Texans have an embarrassment of riches on offense, and the only question mark heading into the season was how Brock Osweiler was going to perform. Osweiler has thrown six interceptions in the campaign, but head coach Bill O’Brien is not worried about his quarterback. “Am I concerned? No, I’m not. I believe it’ll get fixed,” the bench boss told reporters last weekend.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds at sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Minnesota Vikings pegged as -6-point favorites in this betting matchup. The total, meanwhile, was listed by books like TopBet at 39.5.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Vikings to win this game on Sunday 25-12. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Houston Texans vs Minnesota Vikings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Minnesota Vikings are 4-0 overall and 4-0 ATS against the spread, while the Texans are 3-1 and 3-1 ATS. As for the totals, Minnesota is 1-3 on the OU, and Houston is 1-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Houston injuries news.

The game pits the Minnesota Vikings, currently No. 6 in our Odds Shark NFL Power Rankings, against the Houston Texans, who rate No. 10 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 22 PPG, against a Texans defense that ranks No. 8 this week at 18.25 PPG. The Vikings aerial game is averaging 226.25 yards per game, more than the Texans secondary allows through the air, 162.5 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Houston Texans feature the league's No. 31-rated road run defense, allowing 185 yards per game. The Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile, ranks No. 31 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Texans's last action saw them get a 2-TD performance from Brock Osweiler as they handed Tennessee a 27-20 loss at NRG Stadium.

The Vikings grabbed a Week 4 victory over the Giants in their last game, winning 24-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Indianapolis, Sunday, October 16th
Minnesota at Philadelphia, Sunday, October 23rd