In a display of two offenses possessing nearly opposite offensive systems, the Minnesota Vikings (-3) are ready to pay a visit to the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. CBS will broadcast the action and kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Chargers Betting Odds 12/15/2019
Minnesota is favored by 3 points in this game. The Vikings are currently getting -150 moneyline odds while the Chargers are +130. The over/under has been set at 45.5 points. On the surface it looks like there should be multiple decent live betting opportunities for this game.
The game’s total has swung lower after originally being set at 46. The opening line has yet to change.
The Vikings are 9-4 straight up (SU) while the Chargers are 5-8 SU. The Vikings have gained 3.0 units so far and are 6-7 against the spread (ATS). The team has posted an O/U record of 7-6.
The Chargers are down 5.8 units this season. They’re 5-7-1 ATS and have an O/U record of 5-8.
The Vikes are coming off a resounding 20-7 victory over Detroit last week. The passing game was sharp as Kirk Cousins completed 24-of-30 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown. Dalvin Cook (only 62 rushing yards on 18 attempts, one TD) and Alexander Mattison (46 yards on 14 carries) led the ground attack in the win while Stefon Diggs (six receptions, 92 yards) and Irv Smith Jr. (three catches, 21 yards) handled the receiving duties.
Los Angeles enters this one after just earning a 45-10 win over Jacksonville a week ago. The team’s defensive unit did its part in the victory, holding the Jaguars to just 171 passing yards and 88 yards on the ground. DJ Chark Jr. was a bright spot in the loss, recording 75 yards on nine catches for Jacksonville. As a group, the Bolts collectively completed 19-of-27 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Philip Rivers went 16-for-22 for 314 yards and three touchdowns while Tyrod Taylor was three-of-five for 26 yards and one touchdown. Melvin Gordon III (55 yards on 12 rush attempts, one TD) and Austin Ekeler (101 yards on eight carries) mounted the ground game in the win while Keenan Allen (five receptions, 83 yards) and Gordon III (five catches, 29 yards) led the receiving attack.
Minnesota’s run the ball on 50.6 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Los Angeles has an overall rush percentage of 39.3 percent. The Vikings have rushed for 136 yards per game and have 16 scores via handoffs this year. The Bolts are putting up 97 rush yards per contest and have nine total rushing TDs.
The Vikes have averaged 252 yards in the air overall and have 24 passing scores so far. The Bolts have put up 291 pass yards per outing and have 21 total pass TDs.
Minnesota has allowed opponents to run for an average of 102 yards and throw for 259 yards per game. Los Angeles has allowed 108.2 yards per game on the ground and 209.4 to opposing teams in the air. The Vikes are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 5.60 to opponents, while the Bolts have given up a 6.11 ANY/A.
Rivers has put up 3,483 yards, 18 TDs and 14 INTs. Rivers’ adjusted net yards per pass attempt sits at 6.65 for the season and 10.96 across his last two games. In the other locker room, Cousins is up to 2,998 passing yards this season. He’s connected on 250-of-350 attempts with 22 passing touchdowns and only three interceptions. Cousins has an 8.41 ANY/A, including 7.61 over the last two games.
Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers Free NFL Tip
SU Winner – Chargers, ATS Winner – Chargers, O/U – Under
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The Minnesota defense has sacked opposing quarterbacks 38 times this year. Los Angeles has recorded just 27 sacks.
Los Angeles has lost seven fumbles in 2019 while the Minnesota offense has lost 11.
The Vikings offense has tallied eight pass plays of 40 or more yards, while the Chargers have accounted for 11 such plays.
The Minnesota defense has allowed seven pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Los Angeles has given up two such plays.
The Minnesota offense has created 13 rushing plays of 20+ yards, while Los Angeles has created six such runs.
The Vikings defense has allowed four rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while the Chargers have given up eight such runs.
Minnesota has won four of its last five games SU, with a seven-point defeat to Seattle on December 2nd accounting for the only loss over that span.
Minnesota has produced 3.3 yards per carry over its last three games and 3.7 over its last two.
Los Angeles has averaged 5.2 yards per carry over its last three outings and 5.3 over its past two.