Minnesota Vikings (6-2; 5-3 ATS; 4-4 O/U) vs. Washington Redskins (4-4; 3-5 ATS; 5-3 O/U)
NFL: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00pm EST
Line: Minnesota -2
The red-hot Minnesota Vikings will collide with the Washington Redskins in an NFC battle Sunday afternoon from FedEx Field. The Vikings were off last week and cruised to a 33-16 win over the Brown in their latest action, and the Redskins are coming off a big 17-14 road win over the Seahawks. The Redskins defeated the Vikings by a 26-20 score last season.
Vikings Coming Off Bye, Eye Fifth Straight Win
The Minnesota Vikings enter this contest well-rested and are riding a four-game winning streak. They continued their outstanding defensive play in their solid 33-16 win over the Browns in London, England in their latest contest. Case Keenum threw for 288 yards with one touchdown against two interceptions. The big story heading into this one is the return of Teddy Bridgewater who will be activated for this one but likely will not start. The 24-year old QB has not played since the 2015 season with a knee injury. Bridgewater owns a 21:8 TD to INT ratio in his two NFL seasons. Vikings leading receiver Adam Thielen continued his strong play in the win over the Browns, making five catches for 98 yards. The 27-year old wide receiver is having a strong season, accumulating 627 receiving yards on the season. Jerick McKinnon rushed for 50 yards against Cleveland and now has tallied 287 yards on the year. The Vikings offense has been productive in three straight weeks with big props going to Case Keenum.
The vaunted Vikings defense was solid again in the win over the Browns, allowing only 276 yards which included only 161 passing yards. Everson Griffen made yet another sack and has now collected ten on the season. Their defense ranks near the top of the NFL in several categories. Minnesota has now won four straight and sit first atop the NFC North.
Redskins Pull Off Clutch Road Win in Seattle
The Washington Redskins made some clutch defensive plays in their 17-14 road win over the Seahawks last week. Kirk Cousins didn’t put up big numbers, completing 21 of 31 passes for 247 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The 29-year old quarterback is having a strong season, accumulating 2147 passing yards with a 13:4 TD to INT ratio. Washington did not generate much on the ground, rushing for 51 yards as a team with Chris Thompson collecting 20 rushing yards. The 27-year old running back leads his club with 251 rushing yards on the year, and also leads the Redskins with 453 receiving yards. Vernon Davis had a solid afternoon in the victory, amassing 72 receiving yards on six catches. The 12-year veteran is second in team receiving with 384 yards on the year. The Redskins offense has scored less than 20 points in their last two contests, however, they do have one win in those two games.
The Redskins defense had one of their better performances of the season in the win in Seattle last week. They made two big interceptions and made a big late-game stand to seal the win, and also benefited from three missed field goals. Overall, their defense has definitely not been a strong suit this season. The Redskins have now evened their record at 4-4, and although the division title is out of reach, they are very much in the running for a Wildcard playoff position.
The Minnesota Vikings are:
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a bye week.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games.
The Washington Redskins are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 November games.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record.
- the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between the Vikings and Redskins.
I am siding with the Redskins in this matchup. The Redskins were very impressive in their win in Seattle last week and will be riding momentum coming into this one on their home field. While the Vikings do feature a strong defense, they have faced some easier opponents in their last four games, which included the Bears, the Packers without Rodgers and the Browns. They will be in for a challenge against Kirk Cousins, and I expect him to have solid afternoon. Washington has the edge at quarterback as Keenum is expected start again, and I believe the Vikings will come back down to earth in this contest.
Pick: Washington Redskins
The Vikings will have a tough time scoring big points on the road against a decent rush defense, and the Redskins are up against an excellent defense. This has the makings of a lower scoring game considering the Vikings defense. I do expect Cousins to have some success however he likely won’t put up huge numbers, and the under is 16-7-1 in Minnesota’s last 24 road games.The Vikings offense has been playing over their heads as of late and Washington should contain their offense.