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NFL Betting Preview and Pick - San Diego Chargers Underdogs vs Vikings at Minnesota

The San Diego Chargers have always started the season strong which has led the team to a stunning 9-1-1 ATS record in their past 11 games in September. The Chargers will look to continue their strong play to kick off the season when they visit the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Chargers are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games in September.
  • The Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as favorites.
  • Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has a combined 168 yards of offense this season.

San Diego has been struggling to keep a grip on the ball and has already fumbled four times, losing three of them, this season so far. The biggest offender in Week 2 was Keenan Allen who muffed a punt to open the game, which put the Chargers behind early.

The Vikings smartened up in Week 2 and gave running back Adrian Peterson the ball. After only 10 touches in Week 1, Peterson ran the ball 29 times for 134 yards in the Vikings' win over the Lions.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors who were going with the Minnesota Vikings in this one found them listed as -2-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Fans betting on totals have seen that number set earlier in the week at 45.5 for Sunday.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 23-22 win for the Vikings. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

San Diego Chargers vs Minnesota Vikings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Vikings sit at 1-1 (1-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the San Diego Chargers are currently 1-1 (1-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Minnesota is 0-2 OU, and San Diego is 1-1 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs San Diego injuries news.

The Vikings - Chargers odds would favor the Vikings if the betting lines were set according to power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 19 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Chargers sit at No. 23.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Vikings No. 31-ranked offense (14.5 PPG) against a San Diego Chargers defense that ranks No. 22 at 26 PPG. The Vikings passing attack has averaged 164 yards per game, less than the Chargers give up through the air (223.5 YPG on average).

Defensively, the San Diego Chargers feature the league's No. 24-rated road run defense, allowing 175 yards per game. The Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile, ranks No. 2 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Philip Rivers passed for 2 touchdowns in his team's last game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Bengals, who won 24-19 on Sunday.

Adrian Peterson went over the 100-yard mark (134) in his team's latest effort as Minnesota defeated Detroit by a score of 26-16 on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • San Diego is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
  • San Diego is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 6 games
  • San Diego is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Diego home to Cleveland, Sunday, October 4th
Minnesota at Denver, Sunday, October 4th