Following a blazing Sunday in Week 9, we’re back at it again for some winning Week 10 selections to end off your weekend.
On Thursday night, a late back-door cover got the best of us and we were forced to push on the Seahawks -6 wager. The fortunate side of things was that it seemed like clearly the right call, and after a few weeks where many breaks have gone in my favour, that was bound to happen. That’s just wagering on the NFL sometimes.
To begin the Sunday slate of Week 10, we will turn our attention to the nation’s capital where the Minnesota Vikings will travel to take on the Washington Redskins. Both teams have heavy playoff aspirations, and following Washington’s big Week 9 victory against Seattle, they are feeling rejuvenated and know they’ve got a shot. Meanwhile, for the Vikings it is just more of the same. They are playing excellent football at the moment and even with some injuries at QB, Case Keenum has been great. With Teddy Bridgewater back and healthy, he’ll need more stellar outings to keep his position.
This should make for a very intriguing game, filled with playoff implications in just mid-November. The NFC playoff positioning has already begun, so read on below for an official betting prediction and game analysis for Redskins/Vikings.
Vikings vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings -2.5 (-110)
@ Washington Redskins +2.5 (-110)
Over 41 (-110)
Under 41 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Vikings vs. Redskins Pick:
The Redskins were badly banged up at the outset of the week, though it seems like their injury report has steadily improved leading up to Sunday. They were especially depleted on the offensive line, but reports have come back positive on the likes of Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, and Spencer Long. That trio would be huge to get back into the fold and help to protect Kirk Cousins in the pocket.
Even though Washington did beat Seattle last week – they clearly got quite lucky against the powerful Seahawks. They were outgained and a similar performance this week will not fly against the punishing Vikings. If they do have their blockers back, that would be immensely helpful in holding off the aggressive Minnesota pass rush. Overall, the Vikings’ defense is elite – one of the best in the NFL. With some added health, it will give the Redskins enough to move the chains, but don’t count on many points here.
The Vikings meanwhile have some blocking issues of their own. There’s no chance that Redskins’ linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will be getting stopped in this one. He’s one of the premier edge rushers in the game, and as a result should be able to get to Case Keenum at will. Making matters worse is the fact that Washington has one of the best secondaries in the game. Both Josh Norman and DeAngelo Hall are healthy and have returned from injury, and that will make throwing on that unit quite difficult for Keenum.
With some of those key Redskins linemen back in action, you have to lean to Washington here. I would check the inactives list just before kickoff, but all signs are trending towards a big return for those three in Week 10. Add in the fact that Ryan Kerrigan will likely take on a backup from the Vikings, and I’d expect Washington to dominate the lines of scrimmage at home, and escape this tough contest with a big victory.
PICK = Redskins +2.5 (-110)