The Minnesota Vikings will try to rebound from their disappointing 30-13 home loss to the Green Bay Packers last week when they take on the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, November 29. The Vikings and Packers are now tied for first in the NFC North at 7-3. Meanwhile, Atlanta lost their third straight game last time out when they fell 24-21 at the hands of the Colts. They’re hanging onto second place in the NFC South, but could fall out of the playoff hunt unless they stop their losing skid soon.
- Bovada currently lists the Falcons at -1 at -110 with the Vikings +1 at -110 with the over at 45.5 points at -115 and the under at -105
Vikings vs Falcons Betting Trends:
- Season record: 7-3 straight up, 8-2 against the spread
- Minnesota is 8-1 against the spread in their last 9 games
- Minnesota is 5-1 straight up in their last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 11 games
- Season record: 6-4 straight up, 4-6 against the spread
- Current Streak: lost 3 straight games
- Atlanta is 0-5 against the spread in their last 5 games
- Atlanta is 1-4 straight up in their last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 6 games
Vikings’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a decent game last week, but didn’t get much help as they were downed by the Packers. Bridgewater gained 296 yards in the air and threw a touchdown pass, but he was sacked half a dozen times. Minnesota’s offensive should do well against the Falcons’ pass rush though as Atlanta has a league-worst 12 sacks this campaign. If Bridgewater is allowed enough time he’ll be looking for tight end Kyle Rudolph and wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Rudolph is tops on the team with his four touchdowns while Diggs leads the club with 573 receiving yards.
Running back Adrian Peterson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this year, but carried the ball just 13 times for 45 yards last week, but he did manage a touchdown. Peterson could be kept in check again on Sunday since the Falcon’s own the best rushing defense in the league at just 87.4 yards against per game. The Vikings may be facing an Atlanta team which is without star running back DeVonta Freeman as he took a blow to the head last week. Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen will be depended on to get after Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan as he’s recorded 6.5 sacks so far. Minnesota has gone 4-0 against the spread in their past four road outings.
The Falcons desperately need to halt their three-game losing skid after being beaten at home by Indianapolis in week 11. Ryan was picked off three times, but he also threw for three touchdowns and gained 280 passing yards. Wide receiver Julio Jones was in fine form with 160 yards on nine receptions. The next best receiver chipped in with just 36 yards though. They’ll be facing a tough passing defense on Sunday since the Vikings concede an average of only 224.8 yards each contest.
It looks like Freeman will miss the game after suffering a concussion against the Colts. He carried the ball three times for 43 yards last week before getting hurt. Tevin Coleman took over for him, and carried the ball 17 times for 48 yards. The Falcons have 12 pick offs this year so Bridgewater will need to make sure his passes are accurate. Safeties Ricardo Allen and William Moore each have a pair of interceptions as does cornerback Robert Alford and linebacker Paul Worrilow. Atlanta is just 0-3 against the spread in 2015 and unfortunately for their fans they could suffer their fourth straight defeat here.
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Written By Ian Palmer