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Vikings Begin Post-Bridgewater Era Against Titans

The NFL preseason was not kind to the Minnesota Vikings, as starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury in practice and will be sidelined for the year as a result. Such is life in the NFL these days. Minny begins life without Bridgewater when they take on the young Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Week 1 action.

Shark Bites
  • The Titans are 1-12 SU in their last 13 games at home.
  • The Vikings are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games on the road.
  • The Vikings are 5-1 SU in their last six games after a loss.

Regardless, the Vikes are still 2-point favorites at sportsbooks. The OVER/UNDER was sitting at 41 at the time of writing. In the wake of the Bridgewater news, Minnesota acquired signal-caller Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles to take his place. Bradford will not be ready in time for this weekend, however, so veteran QB Shaun Hill will be under center for the purple and gold.

Led by promising sophomore Marcus Mariota, the Titans have a plan in place on offense. The two-headed monster of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry gives Tennessee a solid one-two punch in the backfield, and the receivers are more than capable. This team was 3-13 last year, which means they won’t be getting much respect from oddsmakers in the early part of the season.

Totals bettors would be wise to examine how the Titans have done in this situation lately. In Tennessee’s last 11 games when facing a closing total of 41 points or less, the OVER is 8-3.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening betting line for this matchup, the Tennessee Titans sat as 3-point underdogs at shops such as BetOnline. The total, has been pegged by the odds makers at GTbets.eu at 42.5.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 19-18 result in favor of the Titans on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Minnesota Vikings vs Tennessee Titans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tennessee Titans sport a record of 3-13 and 4-11-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Minnesota Vikings sit at 11-6 and 14-3 ATS on the season. The over under totals records are 9-6-1 for the Titans and 4-11-2 for the Vikings. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tennessee vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Tennessee Titans at No. 29 and the Minnesota Vikings at No. 13 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tennessee's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 18.69 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 5 this week at 18.35 PPG. The Titans aerial game is averaging 218.94 yards per game, less than the Vikings secondary allows through the air, 228.88 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Minnesota Vikings own the league's No. 15-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 115.13 yards per game when on the road. Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 31 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Vikings suffered a Wild-Card Playoff loss against Seattle in their last game, falling 10-9 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Titans suffered a Week 17 loss against Indianapolis in their last game, falling 30-24 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Minnesota's last 18 games
  • Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tennessee is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tennessee is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games
  • Tennessee is 3-17-2 ATS in its last 22 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Green Bay, Sunday, September 18th
Tennessee at Detroit, Sunday, September 18th