Following a successful run of things in Week 2, we’re back at it again here at TheSportsGeek to bring you even more exciting content for a full slate of Week 3 action.
To kick things off, we’ll head to an intriguing showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have begun this season with a bang, rushing out to a 2-0 record, mostly on the legs of sturdy running back Derrick Henry. He continues to be a handful for opposing defenses, and with some injuries to Tennessee’s wideouts – Henry will continue to be a key force on Sunday.
For the Vikings, the optimism entering this campaign has quickly faded. They’ve begun with an 0-2 record and are coming off of a dismal loss last week to the Indianapolis Colts. The Vikes looked outclassed in virtually every aspect, and it is clear Kirk Cousins needs more weapons. He isn’t good enough to move the chains himself, and with diminished talent at the skill positions this season, Minnesota is clearly in trouble.
Can the Vikings rebound and make something of their year? Now is certainly the time, but they will not be encountering a forgiving opponent in a pesky Tennessee side. For more detailed analysis, as well as team news and a betting prediction – continue reading on beneath the posted odds. Enjoy the game!
Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds:
Tennessee Titans -2.5 (-110)
@ Minnesota Vikings +2.5 (-110)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick:
Though the Vikings shipped off Stefon Diggs in the off-season, many still believed Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen could still keep the chains moving in the passing game. Through two weeks, the early returns are not good. Nobody has stepped up to help out on offense, and Cousins looks indecisive at the moment. He’s holding onto the ball for far too long, a bad omen as he prepares to face a tough Tennessee defensive front.
Tennessee should be able to do many good things on defense here in Week 3. Despite having some holes in their secondary, don’t count on Cousins to be able to properly exploit them downfield.
For the Titans, Ryan Tannehill has enjoyed a nice career resurgence with the Titans. He’s begun the current campaign with a lot of success, and despite some injuries to top receivers – the chains are moving. It helps when you have a dominant running back at your disposal in Derrick Henry, who routinely forces defense to be kept honest.
Downfield, the Vikings’ secondary seems to be worse than expected and has been an issue for them through their first two outings. Although A.J. Brown is slated to be out in Week 3, the Titans have enough depth at the wideout position to trouble Minnesota. With time and good protection, look for Tannehill to be very precise against this struggling Vikings’ secondary. That’s definitely something I didn’t think I’d be saying a few weeks ago.
With Anthony Barr out for the Vikings, Derrick Henry should be in for yet another monster stat line. That’s only going to open things up for Tannehill downfield, and we should see this offense pick up where they left off. At a short price on the road, the Titans seem worthy favourites to improve upon their impressive start on Sunday.