Last Updated: 2017-11-08
You have to give all the credit in the world to the Minnesota Vikings and coach Mike Zimmer, who have managed to win six of their eight games even while they have, for the most part, been missing quarterback Sam Bradford and rookie running back Dalvin Cook. So they are resilient, to be certain. Now they go into action on Sunday against the Washington Redskins in a game that will begin at 1 PM ET at FedEx Field in Landover. While this game is being televised on a regional basis by Fox Network, VietBet customers will have the opportunity to place their wagers while the contest is in progress, using the state-of-the-art software provided through Live Betting Ultra.
Bradford had gotten off to a very good start in the opener against the New Orleans Saints, but then he suffered a knee injury and had to be replaced by journeymen Case Keenum. Well, one expected a dropoff, and perhaps there was, but Keenum has actually been pretty solid, throwing only three interceptions in 233 attempts and completing 64% of his passes, so with the defense the Vikings are able to put on the field, that’s been enough. The running game has been better this season than it was last, although they certainly wish they had Cook, who averaged 4.8 yards per carry in the early going but is out for the season. And by the way – there is a chance that Teddy Bridgewater might dress for this game.
The Redskins have been inconsistent, but they put forth a big effort, especially on the defensive end, last week when they beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-14 at CenturyLink Field. However, there are some concerns, especially as quarterback Kurt Cousins suffered six sacks, and Minnesota is a team that doesn’t mess around when it comes to the pass rush.
In the pro football betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, the Vikings are slightly favored on the road:
Minnesota Vikings -1
Washington Redskins +1
Over 42 points -110
Under 42 points -110
What we have in terms of the offensive line with the Redskins this week is a real mess. And we probably won’t know until we get closer to game time who is going to be available. Of course, the most important presence is left tackle Trent Williams, who was out with a knee injury against Seattle in really needs to be there to deal with Viking defensive end Everson Griffen, who has recorded tne sacks already. If Williams can’t go, you get TJ Clemmings over there, and that represents trouble. Three other offensive lineman, including right guard Brandon Scherff, were missing against Seattle as well, but Washington came out of that with a win.
VietBet patrons know that Cousins is resilient, and he overcame a tough start to put some nice numbers up in the first half of the season. As of now he is on pace to throw for almost 4300 yards, and he’s been intercepted only four times in 268 attempts. On Sunday he’ll face off against a Minnesota defense that is second-best in the NFL against opponents on third down, allowing conversions only 27.7% of the time.
Minnesota, in fact, has yielded 20 points or more to only one team this season, and they are in the top five league-wide in just about every important defensive category.That includes red zone defense, where they have allowed the opponent to score a touchdown only 40% of the time. And in terms of yards per drive, they are sixth best in the NFL.
The result of this game will hinge upon whether Cousins can complete the short routes and move the chains. So it’s a concern that Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed were missing last week against the Seahawks (both have been limited in practice). Remember that Terrelle Pryor, who was counted upon to fill the void left by the departure of Pierre Garçon, has been relatively useless. There are just too many banged-up people on the Washington side, while Minnesota is improvising a lot better than it did last season. So it’s the Vikes for us.
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