Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders - 9/22/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders

Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM (U.S. Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Vikings -8.5 -- Over/Under: 42.5

TV: FOX

The Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Oakland Raiders look to get a game above a .500 record when they take to the road for the first time. The Oakland Raiders have lost seven of their last eight road games. Derek Carr is completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 457 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller have combined for 284 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Hunter Renfrow has six receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 113.5 yards per contest, and Josh Jacobs leads the way with 184 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 22 points and 404 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Oakland Raiders with 13 tackles, Benson Mayowa has 3.5 sacks and Johnathan Abram has one pass deflection.

The Minnesota Vikings look for their second home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Minnesota Vikings have won five of their last seven home games. Kirk Cousins is completing 52.4 percent of his passes for 328 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 11 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 204 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Chad Beebe has two receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 185 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 265 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 16.5 points and 340 yards per game. Harrison Smith leads the Minnesota Vikings with 15 tackles, Danielle Hunter has two sacks and Anthony Harris has two interceptions.

The Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss, 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games in Week 3 and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in September and 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 home games. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Vikings last 4 games overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Raiders last 26 games overall.

The Oakland Raiders have failed to cover seven of their last 10 games as an underdog of at least seven points. The Minnesota Vikings are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of at least seven points. The Raiders have been better than expected and will get back Richie Incognito from suspension, which helps the offensive line. The problem I have is the Raiders on the road in a hostile environment and asking Carr to make plays through the air. It's different in Oakland on that baseball field when everybody is cheering for you. U.S. Bank Stadium has become one of the tougher places in the league to play and the Vikings are 8-4-1 ATS there in their last 13 games as a favorite. The chalk is a little steeper than I expected, but the Vikings in a double-digit win isn't unreasonable. 

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Vikings -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.