The Oakland Raiders know it’s not going to be easy winning the AFC West division with the level of competition they have there. They’ll have a harder time achieving that goal if they lose another this week against the Minnesota Vikings, who are also looking to recover from a bad loss last Sunday. The Raiders are +7000 to win the AFC West, while the Vikings are +235to win the NFC North.
Betting Preview for the Oakland Raiders vs Minnesota Vikings NFL Regular Season Week 3 Game on September 22, 2019
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Oakland Raiders (1-1)
The Raiders might have needed Antonio Brown after all. The Raiders lacked the offensive punch last week, when they got defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs at home, 28-10. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had a forgettable outing, completing 22 of 38 passes for 198 passing yards and a touchdown against two interceptions. He was also sacked three times for a loss of 20 yards. However, rookie running back Josh Jacobs continued to impress, rushing for 99 yards on 12 carries. Jacobs isn’t going to sustain that 8.3 yards per rushing attempt, but he could find success against the Vikings’ defense that is allowing 108.5 rushing yards per game and had just been torched for 144 rushing yards by the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
The Raiders have seen the total go over in three of their last four road games.
Betting on the Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
In their Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons, Vikings quarterback barely threw the ball, relying instead on the team’s ground attack. In Week 2, Cousins tried to do more passing, but ended up throwing for only 230 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions, while completing just 14 of 32 passes. If the Vikings think that they’ll be better off if Cousins will get his passing load reduced, now is not the time to do that. In fact, the game against the Raiders seems to be the perfect opportunity for Cousins to wing the ball a lot. Oakland is last in the league in passing defense with 341.0 passing yards allowed per game. Cousins isn’t Mahomes, but he’s got excellent targets in the likes of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who both have the ability to burn Oakland’s corners.
The Vikings are 5-4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 home games.
The Vikings win, 27-19.
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