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New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings - 10/21/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) at New York Jets (3-3)
Date & Time Sunday October 21, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: New York Jets +3 -- Over/Under: 47
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NFL | Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) at New York Jets (3-3) TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets meet Sunday in NFL action at MetLife Stadium.

The Minnesota Vikings look for a third straight victory to keep pace in the competitive NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings are 6-2-1 SU in their last nine road games. Kirk Cousins is completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 1,921 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 13 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,147 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 27 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 87.3 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 261 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 24.7 points and 359.8 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 39 tackles, Danielle Hunter has seven sacks and Harrison Smith has one interception. 

The New York Jets also look for a three-game winning streak to get a game above a .500 record. The New York Jets have split their last eight home games. Sam Darnold is completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 1,346 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Darnold has two or more touchdown passes in three of his six career games. Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson have combined for 557 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Terrelle Pryor has 14 receptions. The New York Jets ground game is averaging 130.3 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 430 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, New York is allowing 23.2 points and 381 yards per game. Avery Williamson leads the New York Jets with 44 tackles, Leonard Williams has three sacks and Darron Lee has three interceptions.

The Vikings are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 games on fieldturf, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 45-21-1 ATS in their last 67 games overall. The Jets are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games in October, 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games on fieldturf. The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Jets last 8 home games and the over is 7-3 in Vikings last 10 road games.

The Minnesota Vikings have put together back-to-back solid performances where the defense played to expectations and Cousins continues to play some of his most consistent football, as he's doing a better job of limiting turnovers. The New York Jets have produced 76 points in their last two games and are averaging a six-point victory in three home games this season. The Minnesota Vikings are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite of at least three points. The New York Jets have failed to cover four of their last six games when an underdog of at least three points. The Vikings are the better team here and have already played in some tough road venues already, so this won't be a big deal. However, the Jets have gotten a little comfortable in their last two home games and are actually looking like a decent team capable of surprising some folks. I don't want to drink the green Kool Aid just yet, but I like getting points with the Jets here at home. The Jets have a bit of pep in their step and are capable of upsetting the Vikings in this tricky spot.

New York Jets +3

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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