Date/Time: November 7th, 8:25 PM ET
Television: NFL Network
Spread: Redskins -2.5
Thursday Night Football betting action this week heads to the HHH Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings are going to try for the eighth time this year to get their first win on American soil when they take on the Washington Redskins.
Many have made the assumption that the Redskins have turned a bit of a corner for their season, and they might ultimately get back into the chase in the NFC East as a result. They beat the San Diego Chargers last week in overtime, and that came on the heels of challenging the Denver Broncos for around 50 minutes and beating the Chicago Bears in dramatic fashion. That’s three wins in five games with one heartbreaking loss in the middle, and that’s the type of ball that Head Coach Mike Shanahan wants to play. What’s really getting the Skins going this year is when QB Robert Griffin III can throw the ball all over the place. He doesn’t have the best receivers in the world, but he does have some men with some good stats. WR Pierre Garcon has 684 yards this year, while TE Jordan Reed has perhaps emerged as one of the best young tight ends in the game with 425 yards and two trips to the end zone.
When you take a look at what the Vikings are bringing to the table this year, it will be tremendously apparent why they aren’t winning. RB Adrian Peterson is on a clip for “just” 1,400 yards or so this season, and that’s a far cry from where he was at last year. The addition of WR Greg Jennings hasn’t done a thing for the offense. QB Christian Ponder has double the number of interceptions that he has touchdowns. The team’s leading receiver, WR Jerome Simpson has yet to score a touchdown this year, and rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson can’t even really get his hands on the football. Even on the other side of the field, DE Jared Allen has just 4.5 sacks to lead the team in 2013. About all that is really going well is special teams play. The Vikings have three special teams touchdowns, and the combination of K Blair Walsh and P Jeff Locke makes up one of the most lethal tandems in the league.
The Vikings though, are definitely the sharp play to make. Remember that Washington has struggled at times to stop the run, and the one man you don’t want to see on the other side of the field when you can stop the run is All Day. Peterson could go off for 175 yards or so, and if he does, there is no way that we would want any part of Washington. Minnesota isn’t the better of these two teams, but it is the one that we think will win this game on Thursday.
Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings Pick: Minnesota Vikings +2.5
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