Times they are a’changin’. The Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans are both trotting out some new looking rosters on Saturday night in NFL preseason betting action, and these two will square off at LP Field on Saturday night.
QB Tarvaris Jackson was traded to the Seattle Seahawks and QB Brett Favre retired (again), which really left the Vikes without a captain for their ship this season. Head Coach Leslie Frazier knows that this team has a boatload of talent, especially with the likes of RB Adrian Peterson and RB Toby Gerhart running the rock, but he certainly needed a signal caller for his first full season in charge of the Vikings Ship. The team went out and picked up QB Donovan McNabb, a much disgruntled quarterback from the Washington Redskins, and he’ll be making his debut in purple on Saturday. McNabb is coming off of a woeful season, and he knows that his time is running short in this league, but he also knows that he is going to act as more of a mentor and leader for rookie QB Christian Ponder, who will also be making his debut. Frazier’s team will also be without departed leaders WR Sidney Rice and DT Pat Williams, making life a whole heck of a lot harder in a division that is wide open this year.
The Titans though, have a whole heck of a lot of changes of their own to deal with as well. Head Coach Jeff Fisher was the longest tenured coach in the league before this past offseason when he was fired, but Owner Bud Adams wasn’t done there. Adams made sure that QB Vince Young disappeared as well. Young was granted his release and QB Kerry Collins retired, which opened up a whole other quarterback quandary. QB Matt Hasselbeck was picked up via free agency from the Seahawks, and he was joined by rookie QB Jake Locker. As you can tell, these two teams have a whole boatload of similarities right now, and they are going to be tough to decipher in this one as well. The Titans won’t have RB Chris Johnson and might not have DB Cortland Finnegan in this one either, knowing that both are going through some disputes off of the field. DE Derrick Morgan, last year’s first round NFL Draft choice is questionable and likely won’t play much, if at all on Saturday, and DB Ryan Mouton is already out for the season.
Minnesota Vikings @ Tennessee Titans Pick: Laying more than a field goal in the preseason usually isn’t a good idea, especially when you’re talking about two teams that will be so evenly matched in the regular season as well. That being said, take the points and go with the Vikings +3.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook for our NFL betting picks.
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