Minnesota Vikings (9-2) at Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 3, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -3 -- Over/Under: 47
The Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday in NFL action at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings look to chase a top seed in the NFC while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Minnesota Vikings have won four straight road games. Case Keenum is completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,476 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Keenum has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last four games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,603 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 46 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 124.5 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 496 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 17.7 points and 290.4 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 77 tackles, Everson Griffen has 12 sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.
The Atlanta Falcons look for a fourth straight victory to keep pace in the competitive NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons have split their last four home games. Matt Ryan is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 2,884 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Ryan has two or less touchdown passes in each of his last 11 games. Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu have combined for 1,491 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Austin Hooper has 36 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 116.8 yards per contest, and Tevin Coleman leads the way with 539 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 20.9 points and 321.8 yards per game. Deion Jones leads the Atlanta Falcons with 88 tackles, Adrian Clayborn has eight sacks and Robert Alford has 14 pass deflections.
The Vikings are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games in December, 35-17 ATS in their last 52 vs. NFC and 39-15 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in December and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC. The Vikings are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Everybody seems to be on the Atlanta Falcons hype train claiming they're back and ready to make another Super Bowl run. Three straight wins can change everything in this league. However, the Falcons wins came against a banged up Dallas Cowboys squad that's falling apart, a Seahawks team that has none of its star defenders and a Tampa Bay team that's playing a backup quarterback. I need to see more before I start drinking the Atlanta Falcons juice. As for the Minnesota Vikings, they're the hottest team in the league with seven straight wins and are led by a defense that's allowed 17 or less points in seven of their last nine games. Minnesota has also had a mini bye week to prepare for this game after playing on Thanksgiving, which should make them one of the more healthier teams in the league. Overall, we're getting a free field goal with the better team. I always take points with the better team. That doesn't change here.