Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos - 8/11/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Denver Broncos (0-0)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)
The Line: Denver Broncos PK -- Over/Under: 35.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos meet Saturday in NFL preseason action at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
The Minnesota Vikings have only one thing on their mind this season after just missing out on hosting last years Super Bowl. The Vikings have to get quarterback Kirk Cousins as comfortable as possible with this offense and there’s nothing like a road game in a tough atmosphere to see a preview of what you have. Coach Mike Zimmer says running back Dalvin Cook will see preseason reps, as he’s recovered from a knee injury, but he didn’t get into detail when and how much. There’s also the interesting dynamic of Trevor Siemian likely getting most of the reps in this game and him being the Broncos starter just last season. This is a chance for Siemian to stick it to his former team, preseason or not. The Vikings are pretty much set with their starting defense, but first round pick cornerback Mike Hughes has a chance to earn playing time and Sheldon Richardson has a chance to really blossom on the defensive line. The Minnesota Vikings are one of those teams that know what they have, it’s all about staying healthy.
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The Denver Broncos hope they can find enough offense to balance things out this season and take pressure off the defense. Maybe the addition of Case Keenum at quarterback is the answer, and he should get a good deal of the reps in these games as he figures things out with his new team. Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly will obviously battle it out for the backup job, while rookie running backs Royce Freeman and David Williams hope to make progress up the depth chart. The Broncos offensive line could use some progress and seeing the massive Jared Veldheer at right tackle could pay dividends. Defensively, the preseason is all about seeing rookie Bradley Chubb, who is currently a starter on the defensive line and has been given massive expectations. Boston College rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom will also be competing with the newly acquired Tramaine Brock for the top backup job in the secondary. The Denver Broncos have one of the more talented defenses in the league, find some consistency on offense and this will again be a contender in the AFC West.
The Vikings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 42-19 ATS in their last 61 games overall. The Broncos are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
This an interesting game based on the stroylines, as Keenum was just in Minnesota last season and Siemian was the starter for Denver and once looked like a guy who could stick around for a while. The difference is Siemian should get the bulk of the reps with the Vikings, while Keenum will be protected and likely taken out in the first quarter. I like the revenge angle, and while it's just preseason and doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things, you know there's a part of Siemian that wants to win this game and play well while doing it. He's comfortable in this stadium and knows a lot of the guys he'll be going up against. I like the Vikings in this game.