Texans vs. Vikings Prediction

NFL Week 5 Predictions: Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings 10/9/16

Will the Minnesota Vikings find a way to win comfortably at home when they host the Houston Texans today at 1PM ET?

According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Vikings are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Texans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 40.5 points. The Vikings have won all three meetings with the Texans, covering the spread in the process in all three games.

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Minnesota is one of few teams to start the season 4-0. They are also 4-0 against the spread despite massive injuries to their top players. Minnesota has covered in 13 straight games overall, including the preseason. The Vikings are giving up just 12.5 points and 335 yards per game on defense. The unit has amassed 15 sacks and created 11 turnovers in the four games. The offense is averaging just 303 yards per game, but averaging 22 points per contest thanks to the defense creating short fields. Sam Bradford has been efficient, throwing for 719 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. However, Bradford could be without some key targets today as Stefon Diggs is listed as doubtful with a groin injury and Kyle Rudolph is questionable with injured ribs.

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Houston is coming off a 27-20 win over the Titans to move to 3-1 on the season and 3-1 against the spread. Houston also has a great defense, allowing just 18.3 points and 302 yards per game. However, the unit continues to be without stud DE J.J. Watt, who went on IR with a back injury. Houston has 11 sacks and created five turnovers this season. On offense, Houston is also struggling a little. The Texans are averaging just 17.3 points and 349.8 yards per game. Lamar Miller has been a solid addition, rushing for 351 yards in four games, but Brock Osweiler has struggled, throwing for just 949 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions.

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Minnesota has been doing things well this season, but I have concerns about the injuries piling up on offense. Bradford could be without his top two targets and the Vikings haven’t been able to establish any type of run game this season. The defense could potentially score on Houston, but it’s hard to rely on that when making a wager. While Minnesota can win, I expect this game to be a grind and come down to the final few minutes. Look for Houston to cover.


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