Atlanta Falcons vs Minnesota Vikings Odds, Pick and Predictions
Ten days off after the biggest blowout of the NFL season so far had to feel good for the Atlanta Falcons as they will be well rested after pummelling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in last week's Thursday night game. The Falcons scored the first 56 points of that game, and I think even Falcon nation turned off their TV's for a good night's sleep about 25 minutes into this football game. Like Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater was put into action last week although for an injured starter in Matt Cassel, and Bridgewater did not perform horribly, but was held at bay by the New Orleans Saints in a 20-9 Saints victory.
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Holding the Saints to 20 points in their home opener is an impressive feat from the Vikings defence, however without Adrian Peterson and Matt Cassel playing for Minny, this game is an uphill battle all the way. Losing your starting QB and RB within two weeks is a daunting task for any team, and I believe the Vikings will feel that in full effect this Sunday against the Falcons. Matt Ryan has this Falcons team playing like a contender again after a disastrous season one year ago.
Odds - Atlanta Falcons -3 (-105) @ Minnesota Vikings +3 (-115)
He already has 965 yards this season to go along with seven touchdown in three games. Julio Jones has already caught three touchdown passes and leads the NFL with 365 receiving yards as he and Ryan combined to be a huge reason why Atlanta is averaging over 34 points per game. Devin Hester made his presence felt last week as well as he returned a punt for a 62 yard score to break Deion Sanders' record for career kick return touchdowns.
My Pick - FALCONS -3 (-105)
Vikings Runningback Matt Asiata averaged 3 yards per carry against the Saints last week as he did his best to fill in for Peterson, but running the ball all game will not be enough to keep up with the high-octane Falcon offense. Bridgewater will eventually be forced into throwing the ball, especially if Minnesota gets behind by multiple scores. The Falcons defence does not quite stack up well against that of the Vikings, however the odds of Minnesota's defence playing well enough to keep this a low-scoring, defensive battle are too slim in my opinion. The Vikings defence will not be able to slow down the NFL's hottest offense enough to allow Bridgewater to settle in in his first career NFL start, so take the Falcons to stay hot and cover the spread in a road affair against the depleted Vikings.