Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#273 Minnesota Vikings 46 vs.
#274 Indianapolis Colts -3
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Written by Blake V.

Minnesota and Indianapolis are both coming off season-opening losses. The Colts’ loss was more painful, as they fell to Jacksonville as 7-point favorites. Minnesota lost to Green Bay in a high-scoring affair.

Vikings hoping for better defensive showing

The Vikings were unable to keep pace with Green Bay last week, losing 43-34 to their rival. It was a franchise record for points in a season-opener for the Packers. Minnesota grabbed an early lead when Dalvin Cook ran it in from one-yard out, but the Packers would score the next 19 points in a row to take a 22-7 lead. The Vikings scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the score look better than it probably was. Adam Thielen caught a pair of touchdown passes and Cook ran in his second score of the game.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 25 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw one interception. Cook led the rushing attack with 12 carries for 50 yards and the pair of touchdowns. Alexander Mattison carried the ball six times for 50 yards, including a 21 yard scamper. Thielen caught six passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 18.3 yards per catch, Bisi Johnson had three receptions for 56 yards and Mattison caught four passes for 30 yards. The Minnesota defense was led by Eric Kendricks, who racked up 10 tackles, including a tackle for a loss. Anthony Harris notched eight tackles and Holton Hill added seven.

Colts needing to limit turnovers

Indianapolis was the biggest road favorite on the week one slate, but the Jaguars had other plans. The Colts took a first quarter lead on a 12-yard touchdown run from Nyheim Hines. Jacksonville answered with a Gardner Minshew touchdown pass before Hines caught a pass for his second score of the game. It marked the first touchdown pass for Philip Rivers with Indianapolis. Jacksonville outscored Indianapolis 20-6 the rest of the way, with a pair of field goals from rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship being the only scoring for the Colts down the stretch.

Rivers completed 36 of 46 passes for 363 yards and one touchdown, but he threw two interceptions as well. Hines was the leading rusher with seven carries for 28 yards and a score. Marlon Mack rushed four times for 26 yards before tearing his Achillies, so he will miss this game. Parris Campbell was the leading receiver with six catches for 71 yards. Standout wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was held to four catches for 53 yards. Linebacker Darius Leonard recorded nine tackles to lead the defensive effort. Anthony Walker added seven tackles, but the Colts will be extremely disappointed with their showing against Minshew.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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I have to take the points with Minnesota in this game. The Vikings offense was much better than the Colts offense last week and neither defense played well. Minnesota’s rushing game should be much better in this game, as the loss of Mack is huge for Indianapolis. The Vikings should be able to take advantage of the one-dimensional aspect of the Colts offense and force Rivers into a few turnovers. The bottom line is neither team looked great last week, so getting three points with Minnesota is the way to go.

Prediction: Minnesota +3

Full-Game Total Pick

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I like the under in this game, despite questionable defensive performances from both teams last week. Minnesota tends to bounce back from bad defensive outings, with each of its last four games going under after allowing at least 30 points in its previous game. The Vikings will be looking to run the ball throughout this game, which will keep the clock rolling. Indianapolis is going to be forced to go through Rivers, which will likely end in some red zone turnovers.

Prediction: Under 48

Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.