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Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview Week 1

Written by:
Dan Shapiro
Published on:
Sep/06/2019

Gambling911.com has your betting preview for the Falcons vs. Vikings 2019 Week 1.  Minnesota is a -4 favorite.  The total is set at 47.5.

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60% of the spread action was on Atlanta.  This line has moved from -4.5 to -4.

There is some question as to whether Julio Jones will play on Sunday as he is currently negotiating his contract.  Falcons head coach Dan Quinn believes this will all be sorted out by kickoff Sunday.

The oddsmakers have hardly reacted to Jones hinting Thursday that he might sit out this game.  The sharps, however, were reportedly jumping on Minnesota.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (2018: 7-9, TIED FOR 2ND IN NFC SOUTH): Calvin Ridley quickly gained the trust of Ryan in 2018 and led all rookie wideouts in catches (64), receiving yards (821) and receiving touchdowns (10). While Ryan also has Mohamed Sanu coming off a career year, the quarterback is pleased to see the return of two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman return following groin surgery. "His production when he's been healthy is as good as anybody. ... We're lucky to have him back," Ryan said of Freeman, who has missed 16 games over the last two seasons. The Falcons' ground attack was ranked 27th (98.3 yards per contest) in the league, a stark contrast to the fourth-ranked passing game (290.8).

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (2018: 8-7-1, 2ND IN NFC NORTH): Thielen had an NFL fourth-best 113 receptions, a career-high 1,373 receiving yards and a franchise-record nine games with 100-plus receiving yards last season while Diggs set career-highs in catches (102), receiving yards (1,021) and touchdown receptions (nine). Impressive totals to be certain, but the Vikings weren't willing to rest on their laurels and added a player with ties to Cousins in former Washington first-round pick Josh Doctson. "It's been very easy for me so far," Doctson said. "A lot of the same concepts (as the Redskins' offense), familiar routes, just kind of different verbiage, so it's pretty easy." Running back Dalvin Cook hopes to have an easier -- and healthier -- time of it after showing flashes of promise in his first two seasons despite being limited to just 15 games.

ESPN.com's Betting Nugget: Mike Zimmer is 52-29-2 ATS as a head coach, the best mark by any coach in the Super Bowl era (minimum 50 games), including 29-12-1 at home. Read more.

- Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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