Everybody saw the Minnesota Vikings and their dominating defense last Monday night against the New York Giants. This unit is for real, and has allowed only 50 points over their four games. all victories. On Sunday the Vikings will try to stay undefeated as they take on the Houston Texans in a game that is scheduled to begin at 1 PM ET at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. If you are a BetAnySports customer, you can watch this game at is as it is being televised regionally on CBS, and then you can partake in state-of-the-art software through Live Betting Ultra to place wagers in real time.
Texans vs Vikings – NFL Betting Line:
In the odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Vikings are the favorites at home:
Minnesota Vikings -6.5
Houston Texans +6.5
Over 40.5 points -110
Under 40.5 points -110
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Texans vs Vikings Betting Trends:
- Season record: 3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS
- The Texans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games
- The Texans are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games
- Season record: 4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS
- Current Streak: won 4 straight games
- The Vikings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
- The Vikings are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
Texans vs Vikings – CJ’s Take:
The Texans needed a late punt return to get by Tennessee 27-20 last weekend, it should be noted that they are operating without JJ Watt, their standout defensive end, who was out for the rest of the season. That is a big blow to the playoff hopes of this squad, but they do have enough talent to be a real challenger, especially in the AFC South. In fact, they have a two-game lead right now with the division, which also includes the Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Vikings know all about losing key players. As you probably know by now, they are without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the rest of the season, and running back Adrian Peterson and left tackle Matt Kalil are out for quite a while at the very least. But it’s a real credit to head coach Mike Zimmer at this team has not only adapted, but thrived.
Houston’s quarterback Brock Osweiler has been intercepted six times and has also suffered seven sacks. This could make him particularly vulnerable to the Minnesota pass rush, which has registered 15 quarterback sacks on the season thus far. But one difference between Houston this season and last season is that they have the semblance of a running game. Lamar Miller (351 yards) is a threat, despite what might not be a great per-carry average (3.8). Houston has no rushing touchdowns as of yet, but they have a pretty solid 43.5% conversion rate on third down.
Of course, there have been other additions to the Texans as well that have made an impact. Will Fuller has been an immediate hit, with 323 yards in receptions, including a 17-yard average, and he also scored on a 67-yard return to ice the game against the Titans last week. The rookie out of Notre Dame might be one of the fastest people in the league, and he has been an ideal complement to DeAndre Hopkins (227 yards).
BetAnySports patrons have seen the Vikings continue to get solid play out of Sam Bradford, who has yet to throw an interception in 95 attempts thus far. Bradford has also completed 69.5% of his passes, and in the opinion of many he is a better alternative to Bridgewater in terms of giving this team some real possibilities in the passing game. The big receiver these days is Stefon Diggs, who has pulled in 25 passes for 372 yards. But in a Norv Turner-designed offense, the tight end is always going to be critical, and that is why it is good news that Kyle Rudolph is the team’s second-leading receiver and has scored three touchdowns.
Only the Cincinnati Bengals have been less efficient in the red zone then have the Texans the season. Houston has scored on only 33% of their opportunities inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. That does not necessarily bode well against the Minnesota defense, but let’s also remember that the Vikings have not scored more than 25 points in any of their first four games.
Zimmer has been an amazing coach from a pointspread standpoint, covering 26 out of his last 31 games. That means his teams rather consistently exceed expectations.
Next up for both teams:
- Texans are home vs Indianapolis Sunday, October 16
- Vikings visit Philadelphia Sunday, October 23
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By Charles Jay