Vikings vs. Jets Total Prediction
Will defense be the story of today’s NFL game between the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings, or will the offenses take hold of the 1PM ET contest?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, October 21, 2018
1PM ET – MetLife Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Vikings are the slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Jets. The over/under total is listed at 46 points. The public betting for this game currently has 68 percent going on Minnesota on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NFL Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Jets heating up
The New York Jets were on a three-game losing streak not long ago, but have come up with back-to-back wins at home over the Broncos and the Colts. New York is now 3-3 on the season, 3-3 against the spread and 4-2 with the over. They have hit the over in their last three games.
New York has been able to get hot thanks to a run game that is averaging 130 yards per game, but has really heated up in recent weeks. The Jets now average 27.5 points and 354.7 total yards per game on offense. Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell have combined for 753 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has thrown or 1,346 yard with nine touchdowns, but also has seven interceptions. Defensively, New York is giving up 23.2 points and 401 yards per game. Their pass defense is allowing 292 yards per game. The unit has created 15 turnovers and has 14 sacks.
Vikings also heating up
The Minnesota Vikings have picked up back-to-back wins over the Eagles and Cardinals to move to 3-2-1 on the season. Minnesota is 3-2-1 against the spread as well while going 3-3 with the over/under total.
The Vikings have a powerful passing attack that is averaging 320.2 yards per game. Minnesota is putting up a total of 23.3 points and 407.5 yards per game. Kirk Cousins has thrown for 1,921 yards and 12 touchdowns, but has been sacked 18 times. Adam Thielen is having an amazing year, catching 58 passes for 712 yards and four touchdowns. He has over 100 yards in every game this season. Defensively, Minnesota is giving up 24.7 points and 385.2 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing 92.8 yards per game. They have 18 sacks as a unit, with Danielle Hunter leading the way with seven.
NFL Betting Trends
The Jets have hit the over in four straight games in October and in six of their last eight home games.
The Vikings are 7-3 with the over in their last 10 road games and in four of their last five games following a win.
Despite the opponent and location, the Vikings have been able to move the ball pretty well. With the exception of Buffalo, the Vikings have scored at least 23 points in every game. I would expect that to continue against the Jets today. New York isn’t a dominant defense. The Vikings also don’t have a defense as dominant as it was a year ago, so I look for the Jets to be able to continue to run the ball and put together some scoring drives of their own.
NFL Prediction: Vikings/Jets Over 46