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The Vikings improved to 4-2 this season with a 42-30 shootout victory at Detroit last Sunday. They’ll return home to US Bank Stadium on Thursday, where the Vikings have looked fantastic while going 3-0 with a winning margin of at least 16 points against the Falcons, Raiders, and Eagles this season. Minnesota will look to keep that momentum against a disheveled Washington team.
The Redskins are a mess right now. On top of their obvious talent deficit, Washington is dealing with an interim coach, inefficient quarterback, vulnerable defense, and injury-plagued backfield. Running backs Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson are both dealing with ailments that could leave them inactive or less than 100% at the very least. Minnesota looked vulnerable against the pass last week, but it’s difficult to envision quarterback Case Keenum taking advantage based on his performances this season.
- Opening Lines: The spread opened at Vikings -14 before rising. The over/under has risen too after opening at 40.
- Current Line: Vikings -16 at FanDuel Sportsbook
- O/U: 42 at FanDuel Sportsbook
- Location: US Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN
- Start Time: 8:20pm ET
- Television: FOX / NFL Network
- Last Meeting: November 12, 2017 – Vikings defeated Washington 38-30
The storyline in this one comes from quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum playing against their former teams. Will that have an impact on the game? It’s difficult to speculate, but maybe Cousins will continue to play with a chip on his shoulder, which has led to a rating of 142.6 with 10 touchdowns and one interception in three October games. Adam Thielen is questionable with a hamstring injury, but Cousins has done an excellent job spreading the football around this season. The recent emergence of wide receiver Stefon Diggs gives him a de-facto playmaker to help the cause.
- The Vikings are 11-5-1 ATS at home over the last two years.
- The Redskins are 2-5 ATS this season.
- The Vikings are 12-8 to the under at home since 2017.
- The Redskins are 7-4 to the under on the road since 2018.
Kyle Rudolph OVER 33 Receiving Yards
Rudolph has been disappointing this season, recording only 14 catches for 130 yards through seven games. However, he has tallied 36 and 58 yards respectively over his last two, which is certainly moving in the right direction. With Adam Thielen potentially out or limited, Rudolph could see a few more targets in the Minnesota passing game. Washington has allowed 55 receiving yards per outing to opposing tight ends this year, which has me optimistic in Rudolph’s ability to exceed this low prop number.
Cousins is playing amazing at the moment, and Minnesota is a tough team to face when that’s the case. Look for the Vikings’ quarterback to keep the momentum against his former team, and this could be an all-around dominant effort with Minnesota demolishing a downtrodden Washington team in Minneapolis.
Pick: Vikings -16 at FanDuel Sportsbook