NFL Preview – Minnesota Vikings @ Oakland Raiders

NFL Preview – Minnesota Vikings @ Oakland Raiders

NFL Preview – Minnesota Vikings @ Oakland Raiders

It’s Week 10 of the 2015/2016 NFL regular season and my oh my, how quickly this has flown by. The road to the playoffs has well and truly begun and this season poses a plethora of playoff contenders, especially in the NFC. With teams all fighting for a highly sought-after playoff spot, this latter half of the season should boast some fantastic games. We now take a look at a battle on the West coast. An inter-conference tilt sees the Minnesota Vikings take the long trip to California to visit the Black Hole. They will be taking on the Oakland Raiders in a game featuring two unexpectedly perky teams.

The Minnesota Vikings have shocked plenty this year, however we think this physical Raiders team will get the win at home. We’re taking the Oakland Raiders -2.5 at odds of 41/50 with 888 Sport. You can get ‘Treble the Odds’ with your first bet if you click this link or the banner below!

There’s a lot of young teams in the league this year who although they aren’t necessarily lighting the league up, they’re showing flashes of brilliance around their young core which makes them look like teams to watch in the future. One of those teams are the Oakland Raiders who are sitting 2nd in the AFC West. Drafting Derek Carr last season, who was arguably the best rookie Quarterback last year, has given this team some new found motivation as they build around him and they have playmakers all over the field. They fell short by three points to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week in a great game.

Derek Carr is establishing himself as one of the brightest young sparks in the NFL and a probably candidate as an elite Quarterback for the future. His numbers this season are a testament to that. Carr is completing 63.7% of his passes for 2,094 yards. He has thrown an incredibly nineteen touchdowns and only four interceptions. Rookie Wide Out Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have been the aerial threats this season, combining for over 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns. Latavius Murray has also splashed onto the scene as an efficient runner, adding 630 yards and three touchdowns this season. The Raiders defence has allowed 26.4 points on average and 411.5 yards on average this season.

Just like their opposition tonight, the Vikings are a team who have rallied behind a young Quarterback and are building from a nice, young foundation. Teddy Bridgewater was also drafted in the same year as Derek Carr and thus far has impressed. Although they were expected to do better, no one expected them to be sharing first place honours with the Green Bay Packers for top of the NFC North this far in the season. The 6-2 team have been boosted by better receivers, better defence and the return of Adrian Peterson, perhaps one of the best Running Backs to ever grace the gridiron. The Vikings will be seeking their fifth straight win following victory over the St. Louis Rams last week.

Teddy Bridgewater has earned a 64.2% completion rating for 1,670 yards. He’s added an even ratio of six touchdowns and interceptions. He suffered a concussion last week however he has been cleared to play today. Adrian Peterson has obviously gone about his business doing exactly what he does best, running the football. Peterson has rushed for 758 yards and four touchdowns this season. Out of the woodwork has come Stefon Diggs who has added 460 yards and two touchdowns through the air this season. Mike Wallace has also added just below 300 yards and 1 touchdown. The Vikings defence has really been the catalyst to their success this season, allowing on average 17.5 point per game and 332.2 yards per game.

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What might be considered a bit of a surprised, the Minnesota Vikings go into this game as the underdogs. The Oakland Raiders are favoured by a field goal. The Raiders are 6-2 against the spread following a loss and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games in Oakland. The Vikings are 7-0 against the spread following a win, 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games and 22-8 against the spread in their last 30 games.

Depite the successes of the Vikings this season, a concussion is always something to worry about. Although Bridgewater has been cleared to play, the kid is still banged up and I think it’s a very likely scenario that he gets benched today which would mean that Shaun Hill takes over. That isn’t something to be excited about. The Vikings defence are tasked with containing a very frisky Raiders offence, in Oakland, which is an incredibly hard place to travel to. As much as I admire the Vikings efforts this season, I think the Raiders are a big threat to a lot of teams this season and I like them to get the W at home. Oakland Raiders to cover the -2.5 spread.

Dan Glozier.

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