Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons - 9/28/14
Atlanta Falcons (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings +2.5 -- Over/Under: 47 See the Latest Odds
The Falcons look to ride the momentum from their Thursday night beat down of the Bucs as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Adrian Peterson-less Vikings.
If there was any question about how the Atlanta Falcons would respond this season after finishing 4-12 a year ago it was answered with a resounding exclamation last Thursday night as they romped their divisional rivals from Tampa Bay to the tune of a 56-14 final. The Falcons shredded the Bucs in all facets of the game as Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devin Hester stole the show and with the win the Falcons moved to 2-1 and can earn their third win on Sunday against Minnesota. Atlanta is often criticized for being a Jekyll and Hyde type team as they look like Super Bowl contenders at home and draft lottery winners on the road and while they dropped their only contest away from home so far this season you have to give them a little credit as it was against a very tough Cincinnati Bengals team. Matt Ryan is playing as well as any quarterback in the league right now and with Roddy White likely back for this one it gives him even more options thorugh the air and could make for a very long afternoon for those in purple.
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The Vikings continue life without Adrian Peterson as the former rushing champion and MVP continues to be barred from team activities due to speculation surrounding his child abuse case and now things have gotten all the more interesting as the Teddy Bridgewater era officially begins for the Vikes. Minnesota fought hard on the road against the Saints last weekend but came up a little bit short and now they return home to face another NFC South opponent in Atlanta in what some in Minnesta are calling a must win type game if they want to stay competitive in the NFC North. Matt Asiata has done a pretty solid job filling in for Peterson and we can expect a lot of action from him this week especially with a rookie QB at the helm starting his first game. Bridgewater took a ton of snaps in the preseason and some were expecting him to land the job right away so this becomes more of a formality and the Vikes are basically using Matt Cassel’s injury as an excuse to start Bridgewater and get his feet wet. While Teddy is a great talent and the Falcons are a different team on the road than at home I just can’t pass up the modest spread here with the better team in what should be another solid outing for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense.