The Minnesota Vikings travel to Houston after escaping a potential coronavirus outbreak. They didn’t get any positive tests back after playing the Tennessee Titans last week. The Titans have had several players and staff members test positive, so there was some worry that at least one player would have lit a fire in the Vikings’ locker room.
Crisis averted. There weren’t any positives in the organization. This game would have been in major jeopardy if that were the case. Trouble is brewing elsewhere, though, as Cam Newton was diagnosed as Covid-19 positive, and Saints’ fullback, Michael Burton, discovered he was positive after flying to Detroit. He is getting re-tested, so we’ll find out soon if it was perhaps a false positive.
The Texans didn’t have any coronavirus concerns this past week, but they are dealing with problems on the field. They head into Sunday 0-3 with losses against the KC Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and Pittsburgh Steelers. What a brutal schedule to open the season that was. Whoever drew up the schedules must hate the Texans because that has to be the most difficult three-game stretch in the NFL through Week 1 to 3.
They’ll get a break against the Vikings on Sunday afternoon. That’s certainly not to say that the Vikings are to be taken lightly, but their previous three opponents are far superior to Minnesota. The Vikings are in the same boat going into this afternoon with a record of 0-3. They have losses of 43-34 against the Packers, 28-11 against the Colts, and 31-30 most recently against the Titans at home.
The defense has been getting shredded for the Vikings, and there are injury concerns on the defensive side of the ball. Deshaun Watson is likely looking for a team to take his frustrations out on, and the Vikings might be the perfect team for him to get hot versus. If the offensive line can help Watson out, then the Texans should be in good form offensively in Week 4. Head below for our free Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans pick for NFL Week 4 on October 4, 2020.
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The Vikings’ defense has been getting torched and they’re in for more bad news with their injury report. Across the first three games, the Vikings have surrendered 292.3 yards per game through the air for third worst in the NFL.
With the news of Mike Hughes out and Kris Boyd questionable, the Vikings are likely going to be an even bigger disadvantage on Sunday. Neither Hughes or Boyd are regarded as talented cornerbacks. Their production has been below par, but when it’s the best that you have, the Vikings have to roll with it.
Their depth takes a serious hit going into Houston because of those injuries. Watson has been unable to get into a comfortable groove in 2020 yet, but this should be a spot for him to get his feet underneath him.
Watson has passed for 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions with 67.37% completions this year. The Vikings are easily the weakest defense that he’s seen this season, so it’s expected that Watson will follow through with a breakout performance on Sunday afternoon.
The Vikings had a tough time on the road the last time they were away from Minnesota. Indianapolis was able to notch an easy 28-11 win over the Vikings in Week 2. Kirk Cousins was horrific with 113 yards passing and 3 interceptions. Overall in 2020, Cousins has passed for 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions with a 68.75% completion rating.
This isn’t any old road trip for the Vikings. They’ve spent the last week concerning themselves with coronavirus testing and needing to spend time away from the Vikings’ practice facilities. So, the Vikings are heading on the road to Texas without a normal schedule this past week. Expect this to be a spot for the Texans to take some frustration out after three brutal games against tough competition. I’ll lay the points with the Texans at home.