Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns - 10/29/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Vikings (5-2) at Cleveland Browns (0-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 9:30 am (Twickenham Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +9.5 -- Over/Under: 38 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in NFL action at the Twickenham Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings look to add to their three-game winning streak while building their lead in the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings have lost six of their last eight road games. Case Keenum is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,322 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Keenum has two touchdown passes in his last four games games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 924 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 26 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 124.6 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 354 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 17 points and 283 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 52 tackles, Everson Griffen has nine sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.
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The Cleveland Browns are still searching for their first regular season win since Christmas Eve of last year. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a road game since October of 2015. DeShone Kizer is completing 52 percent of his passes for 965 yards, three touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Kizer has zero touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last three games. Duke Johnson Jr. and Ricardo Louis have combined for 564 receiving yards and one touchdown while Seth DeValve has 16 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 92.3 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 287 yards on 91 carries. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 24.1 points and 304.7 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 59 tackles, Myles Garrett has four sacks and Jason McCourty has three interceptions.
The Vikings are 9-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in October and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Browns are 1-11-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October and 7-25-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The under is 11-4 in Browns last 15 games overall and the under is 5-1 in Vikings last 6 games in October.
I know the Browns are god awful and don't provide much value for bettors, as they don't cover much during these massive SU losses. But this feels like a lot of points to lay in a London game. We see weird things happen in these games all the time, as the travel throws guys off, players have a hard time adjusting to the field surface, etc. We've seen many upsets in London games and many sloppy performances with odd results. It wouldn't be shocking to see the Vikings turn the ball over a couple of times and for the Browns to hang in this thing until the end. I likely won't have action on this game and will still be enjoying a couple hours of sleep, but if forced to pick, I'd take the points. I'm not asking Minnesota to win by double digits with a trip across the pond.