Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Ravens (3-3) at Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -5.5 -- Over/Under: 39 See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Ravens square off against the Minnesota Vikings in week 7 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.
The Baltimore Ravens will look to bounce back after suffering a 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears in their last outing, dropping the Ravens to 3-3 on the year. Joe Flacco threw for 180 yards and a pair of interceptions on 24 of 41 passing, while Alex Collins led the team with 74 rushing yards on 15 carries. Javorius Allen contributed 49 rushing yards of his own, while Chris Moore led the Ravens’ receiving corps with 44 yards on 3 catches. Mike Wallace, Michael Campanaro and the aforementioned Allen caught 3 passes each while Ben Watson hauled in a team-high 6 receptions in the loss. Defensively, the Ravens forced a pair of fumbles, both of which they recovered, in addition to a pair of sacks, allowing 342 yards of total offense to Chicago in the loss.
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The Minnesota Vikings will look for a 3rd straight win to maintain their spot atop the NFC North standings after a 23-10 victory over the rival Green Bay Packers in their last outing. Case Keenum threw for 239 yards on 24 of 38 passing with a touchdown and an interception, while Jerick McKinnon led the team in rushing with 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in addition to catching 5 balls out of the backfield for 30 yards and a receiving score. Latavius Murray also had 15 carries, converting them in just 28 rushing yards. Adam Thielen caught a team-high 9 passes for 96 yards, while Laquon Treadwell caught 3 balls for 51 yards and Kyle Rudolph added 5 receptions of his own. Defensively, the Vikings combined for 3 sacks and 3 interceptions, all while allowing the Packers to put up just 227 yards of total offense while also dealing Green Bay an even bigger blow, taking out quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone that could sideline the Packers’ pivot for the rest of the year.
Baltimore is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-14-2 ATS in their last 21 games following a loss while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games in October. Minnesota is 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games following a win. Baltimore is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Baltimore has had the bulk of the success against the spread in this matchup, but they’ve also been more inconsistent of the two teams. Minnesota is in the early driver’s seat to take over the NFC North after their win last week, and if they don’t look ahead, I think the Vikings to cover a touchdown here is more than reasonable here.