NFL Betting – Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings 2019 Week 8

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There are a lot of subplots surrounding this game, but the bottom line is that the Washington Redskins have been horrible this season and have already moved on from former coach Jay Gruden. Two seasons ago Case Keenum was leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship with the finest season of his career while Kirk Cousins was getting ready to hit the jackpot in free agency by throwing for a bunch of yards with the Washington Redskins. Those two are likely to start for the opposite teams when the Vikings go for their fourth straight victory. They are favored by 16-points on the current NFL betting line to do just that.

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Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings

Date and Time: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ET

Location: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

Opening NFL Odds: Minnesota -14, O/U 40

Redskins at Vikings TV Coverage: FOX/NFL Network

Odds Analysis

The Vikings are on a heater having won three in a row straight up and ATS following last week’s 42-30 win as a 2.5-point favorite over the Lions. Minnesota opened as 14-point chalk for this tilt and that number was quickly wagered to -16. Buyer beware, however, with the Vikings. The last time they played as a favorite of at least two touchdowns they lost outright, 24-6, to Buffalo in that disaster last season. If you’re a Skins backer you had to like last week’s outcome. They covered the 10-point closing line by not even scoring a point in the 9-0 shutout, snapping a 5-game ATS skid. This is the third time in the last four games the Skins are getting at least 10 points. We also had a 2-point jump in the total after hitting the board at 40.

Washington Redskins

The Skins are in limbo in a lot of ways. They have an interim coach in Bill Callahan, who succeeded Gruden after a 0-5 start. Their starting quarterback is working on a one-year deal and there are no plans currently to extend it. Keenum doesn’t appear to have a future in Washington and Dwayne Haskins still isn’t ready for the present. So as the season slogs on we’re likely to see more of what happened last week, though without the rain.

In some ways I can see why the Skins haven’t turned to their first-round pick. He started only 14 games during his college career and came from a program that breeds winning. The situation is much different in DC. Callahan and his staff want Haskins to grow, be able to make better, quicker decisions, and most off feel comfortable behind center. If not he could be headed to a David Carr-type career. Haskins didn’t do himself any favors when he tossed three picks in relief of Keenum a few weeks ago in his only action.

With Adrian Peterson dealing with an ankle injury, though he claims he’s going to play against his former team, the Skins aren’t going to produce many points. They’ve been held to a touchdown or less in three of their last four games with the exception being a 17-16 win over the Dolphins, which is also the Skins’ only victory.

Minnesota Vikings

A spat with his receiving corps a few weeks ago seemed to ignite Cousins, who’s been on fire the last three games. And thus the Vikings have vaulted back into the conversation among the NFC’s best by averaging 36 points in wins over the Giants, Philadelphia and Detroit. Following a 16-6 loss to the Bears there was some tension between Cousins, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Nothing a few yards and touchdowns wouldn’t remedy, though.

During the winning streak Cousins has completed 75.5 percent of his passes for 976 yards with 10 touchdowns and a pick. He became the first QB in NFL history with three straight 300-plus yard passing games with a rating of 135 or better. We’ve seen this before from Cousins, in fact the Skins have seen it before. Cousins threw for a bunch of yards while leading Washington, but never won a playoff game. He’ll be judged by what happens at the end of the season. “I feel like we’re playing to his strengths,” Mike Zimmer said of his quarterback.

We could see a dip in those passing numbers on Thursday night, however. Dalvin Cook ran for 142 yards last week, his fifth 100-yard game of the season, and leads the NFL with 725 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns. Stopping the run hasn’t been a strong suit for the Skins, who rank 27th allowing over 134 rushing yards per game.

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It’s hard to see Washington winning this game, but it’s also tough to pass on 16 points. Keenum and Peterson will rise to the occasion against their former club to keep the Skins within the point total, but in the end it’ll be the Vikings claiming their fourth straight victory.

NFL Score Prediction: Minnesota 30, Washington 17

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