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Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baltimore Ravens (3-3) at Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
Date & Time Sunday October 22, 2017, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -5.5 -- Over/Under: 39.5
TV Channel
CBS
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NFL | Baltimore Ravens (3-3) at Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
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The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Baltimore Ravens look for their third road victory of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Baltimore Ravens have lost seven of their last nine road games. Joe Flacco is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 1,003 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions. Flacco has one combined touchdown pass in his last four games. Mike Wallace and Benjamin Watson have combined for 415 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jeremy Maclin has 16 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 129.5 yards per contest, and Alex Collins leads the way with 335 yards on 52 carries. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 20.7 points and 330.8 yards per game. C.J. Mosley leads the Baltimore Ravens with 55 tackles, Terrell Suggs has 4.5 sacks and Lardarius Webb has two interceptions.

The Minnesota Vikings look for their fifth victory of the season to build on their lead in the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings have won five of their last eight home games. Case Keenum is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,134 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Keenum has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last three games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 884 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 21 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 117.2 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 354 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 17.2 points and 295.5 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 40 tackles, Everson Griffen has seven sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.

The Ravens are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games in October and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf. The Vikings are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Ravens are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

It might be time to admit that the Baltimore Ravens simply aren't a good football team. Sure, the defense has its moments, but Flacco hasn't been good to put it lightly and the losses to bad football teams is starting to become a trend. The Vikings defense has allowed 17 or less points in four stright games and that's good enough for Keenum and company to do just enough to keep the victories coming. After struggling to do anything offensively against Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Chicago last week, it's tough seeing the Ravens go into a tough stadium like Minnesota and keep things close. The Vikings win this game by double digits.

Pick:
Minnesota Vikings -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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