Vikings vs. Jaguars Pick
The Minnesota Vikings hope to cure their offensive woes when they meet the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Vikings are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Jaguars. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 39.5 points. Minnesota has won three straight meetings with the Jaguars and the two have hit the over in their last two meetings.
Minnesota has lost two straight and six of its last seven to drop to 6-6 on the year. The Vikings are 8-4 with the under, hitting the under in two straight games. Minnesota is giving up just 17.4 points and 323 yards per game on defense this season. They have forced 22 turnovers this year while racking up 31 sacks. Danielle Hunter is leading the charge with 9.5 sacks this season. Minnesota has had to be strong on defense as the offense has been a mess. The Vikings are putting up just 19.4 points and 314.4 yards per game. They have the league’s worst rushing attack at 72.4 yards per game. Sam Bradford has thrown for 2,662 yards and 13 touchdowns with three interceptions this year while Stefon Diggs has caught 75 passes for 806 yards and two touchdowns.
The Jaguars are coming off a 20-10 loss to Denver last week. Jacksonville has lost seven straight to fall to 2-10 on the year. They are also 7-5 with the over this season as they are giving up 26.1 points per game. Despite giving up so many points, they are allowing only 322.5 yards per game. They have a strong pass defense that is holding opponents to 206.9 yards per contest. They have only forced seven turnovers, however. Offensively, Jacksonville is struggling. They average just 18.7 points and 345.3 yards per game. The offense has some injury issues as Julius Thomas (back), Allen Hurns (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (hamstring) are questionable to play on Sunday. Blake Bortles has thrown for 2,930 yards and 20 touchdowns, but also has 15 interceptions.
Both offenses are a mess, which is why the total is low. I think the final score will be even lower, as the Vikings will need their defense to step up again to get an important victory. Minnesota should hold Bortles in check. The Jaguars defense is better than many think and I think they will be able to keep this poor Minnesota offense from having much success.
NFL WEEK 14 PICK: VIKINGS/JAGUARS UNDER 39.5