We’re heading into Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season, and Thursday Night Football will see the Washington Redskins going against the Minnesota Vikings. The Redskins are listed as massive underdogs which was expected considering the current form of both rivals.
Washington (1-6; 2-5 ATS) is coming off a 9-0 loss to San Francisco, still covering a 9.5-point spread. The Redskins racked up only 154 total yards in steady rain and strong wind. Case Keenum tossed for 77 yards, while Adrian Peterson had 20 totes for 81 yards.
The Redskins are scoring only 12.9 points per game (30th in the NFL) while tallying 267.6 total yards per contest (29th). They are surrendering 25.1 points in a return (21st) on 370.4 total yards (also 21st), while the Redskins’ run defense is 27th in the NFL with 134.4 yards allowed per game.
Hereof, the Redskins could have a long day against the Vikings’ ground game that is 3rd-best in the league with 160.0 yards per outing. Minnesota is scoring 27.4 points per contest (6th), allowing only 17.6 in a return (also 6th).
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The Vikings are coming off a 42-30 victory at Detroit in Week 7. Kirk Cousins tossed for 338 yards and four touchdowns, while Dalvin Cook posted 142 rushing yards and a couple of touchdowns. The Vikings are averaging 36.0 points per game over their last three showings, and Captain Kirk had ten TD passes in that span.
Dalvin Cook is a great force on the ground, tallying 133 carries for 725 yards and eight touchdowns. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combined for 57 receptions, 953 yards, and ten touchdowns, so the Vikings’ offense is clipping on all cylinders at the moment.
Redskins at Vikings – Betting Trends
The Vikings are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven encounters with the Redskins. The over has hit in the previous six meetings between these two teams. The Vikings are 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven outings at home and 9-1 SU and 10-0 ATS in their previous ten home matchups with the NFC East.
Furthermore, the Vikings are 15-2 SU and 12-4-1 ATS in their previous 17 home contests versus the teams with a losing record.
On the other side, the Redskins are 2-5 SU and ATS in their last seven road matchups with the NFC North and 0-9 SU and 2-7 ATS in their previous nine encounters with the NFC. They are 6-8 ATS in the last 14 showings on the road and 3-3 ATS in the previous six outings as double-digit dogs.
Redskins at Vikings – Prop Bets
Adam Thielen is ruled out for this clash due to a hamstring injury. It means more targets for Stefon Diggs who had seven receptions for 143 yards against the Lions last week. Diggs had 100-plus receiving yards in three of his last four outings. Expect another strong performance by Stefon in this one.
Dalvin Cook is another interesting pick, considering the Redskins’ poor run defense. In three of his last five outings, Cook racked up at least 110 rushing yards. He had 20-plus carries in two of the last three games. Cook is a runaway fave to score a TD with the odds at -250.
Case Keenum hasn’t tossed an interception over the last two weeks. He will have a difficult task to keep that streak alive, especially if the Redskins trail early, forcing Keenum to throw a lot.
Keenum has been picked off four times thus far, while he tossed for 15 picks last season. The Vikings recorded seven interceptions in 2019, so consider taking the hosts to pick off Keenum at least once.
Another interesting prop bet is to take the hosts in the over on their team totals. The line has been set at 29.5 points with the over at -125 odds. In three outings at home this season, the Vikings failed to score 30 points only in the opener against the Falcons when they won 28-12.
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