The Minnesota Vikings hit the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts after dropping their home opener in Week 1 to the Green Bay Packers. Indianapolis will look to rebound after an opening weekend loss against Jacksonville that probably should have been a victory on the road to open the season.
Minnesota Vikings Cooking with gas
When you have one of the best running backs in the league it should be your philosophy to feed that man the ball. That is the case when it comes to the Vikings but when your defense can’t stop or even pressure the opposing quarterback and you fall behind by a 29-10 score it’s difficult to stick too.
Dalvin Cook only received 12 carries and 13 total touches in week 1. If the Vikings are going to be successful that number needs to double. The Vikings would also benefit from someone, ANYONE, putting some pressure on the quarterback. Against the Packers in Week 1 the Vikings recorded 0 interceptions, 0 quarterback sacks, only a single QB hit. Is anyone missing Everson Griffin yet?
The Vikings are 1-4 straight up in their last five games and 1-4 against the spread in their last five head to head matchups. While Kirk Cousins has never faced the Indianapolis Colts, he does own a 4-1 career record against AFC North teams.
Indianapolis Injuries already mounting
Week 1 proved costly in both the standings and on the roster as Coach Frank Reich lost the game and starting running back Marlon Mack. Mack tore his achilles and is lost for the season. Luckily, Indy has rookie running back Johnathon Taylor who is more than capable of being a bell cow type running back.
New quarterback Phillip Rivers torched the Jags for 363 yards but did turn the ball over twice. This is a growing concern with the aging Rivers as he threw 20 picks in his final season in Los Angeles as well.
The Colts are sliding a bit including the tail end of last season as losers of six of their last seven games overall but they are 6-0 straight up in their last six games at home against the Vikings.
Bovada has this game at Indianapolis (-3) which was where it opened. The total has been what has moved in this game so far, increasing from 47 to 48.5. The Colts aren’t as talented offensively as the Packers are but if Minnesota can’t get any pressure on Rivers he will chew them up. I like the Colts to cover the number but i think this game falls short of the 48.5.
Spooky Express Free Pick – Indianapolis Colts -3