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Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14

Oakland Raiders (4-12) at Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)

NFL Football: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Vikings -1.5 -- Over/Under: 35 See the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings play their first preseason game on Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Raiders made drastic moves during the offseason in hopes of making a playoff push in the AFC West. The Raiders now have a running back tandem of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, while Matt Schaub handles the quarterback duties and James Jones is the new No. 1 receiver. Not bad. As for the Raiders backup quarterbacks, you can have your pick between Matt McGloin, Derek Carr and Trent Edwards. While none of those names are appealing, they at last bring experience, which is all you can really ask for when handicapping preseason games where the backups see most of the playing time. The Raiders defense also improved with the additions of LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, but those veterans aren’t going to see the field much. Rookie Khalil Mack is the backup defender everybody will be watching this preseason.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14

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The Vikings could be a preseason’s betters dream with a group of quarterbacks that includes Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder. That’s experience and arguably the most talented quarterback of last year’s draft. Honestly, there shouldn’t be that much of a drop off when any of them comes out of the game. The problem is the Vikings don’t have many established offensive weapons besides and Adrian Peterson, who is certainly not going to get more than three or four touches. It’s a mystery who’s going to emerge from the Vikings offense. Defensively, the Vikings have a ton of potential with a variety in young players such as Sharrif Floyd, Anthony Barr and Xavier Rhodes. Even without Jarred Allen, the Vikings defense should improve greatly as long as those young guys step up.

This is going to be one of the better preseason matchups and as usual, it all comes down to which group of quarterbacks you think has the upper hand.

I think the slight edge goes to the Vikings considering that all three of those guys could seriously push for the starting job. Minnesota should perform fairly well during its four preseason games because of its quarterback depth.

Take the Vikings.

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Minnesota Vikings -1

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