Week eight of the NFL season will kick off on Thursday night, and the matchup isn’t exactly super exciting. The Minnesota Vikings are set to host the Washington Redskins, and there is a large spread for this game. Minnesota is trying to get back to the playoffs after missing them a season ago, and Washington looks like a team that is playing for the top draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Crazy things can happen on Thursday Night Football, but this outcome seems very predictable.
The Vikings come into this game with a record of 5-2, and they are firmly in the playoff race in the NFC. Minnesota has now won three straight games since being 2-2, and they are scoring points like crazy. Washington has won just one game so far this season, and they have also suffered plenty of blowout losses. The Redskins bring a 1-6 record into this game, with their only win coming against the Miami Dolphins. The Minnesota Vikings are -16.0 point favorites over the Washington Redskins in this game.
Vikings Have Finally Found Their Offense
The Minnesota Vikings were struggling on offense through the first few weeks of the season, but that isn’t the case now. Minnesota has scored at least 38 points in each of their last two games, and quarterback Kirk Cousins has been throwing the ball well. Cousins has over 1,700 passing yards so far this season, and has thrown 13 touchdowns to just three interceptions. The Vikings have also been one of the best running teams in football this season, and are averaging 160 rushing yards per game. Running back Dalvin Cook has ran for 725 yards already this season, and will be given the ball a ton in this game.
Minnesota has been playing great on defense all season long, and they are even better now that they have some offense. The Vikings are allowing less than 18 points per game this season, and they have plenty of pass rushers. Defensive end Danielle Hunter has record seven of the team’s 19 sacks this season, and will spend some time in the Redskins backfield in this game.
New Coach, Same Problems For Redskins
The Washington Redskins might have fired head coach Jay Gruden last week, but it has not solved any of their problems. The Redskins are being outscored by more than 12 points per game this season, and they are searching for answers. Washington is averaging just 12.9 points per game, while giving up over 25 points per contest. Injuries have played a role in the rough start for Washington, but they just don’t have much talent on this roster.
Running back Adrian Peterson will be facing his former team in this game, and he will need to be great to give his team a chance. Peterson is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry this season, and the Redskins offensive line has not given him much room. Washington has struggled to find a quarterback all season long, but Case Keenum leads the team with 1,233 passing yards. The Redskins will have to score some points in this game.
Vikings Blow Out Redskins on Thursday Night Football
Thursday Night Football has a history of some unusual and surprising results, but that shouldn’t be the case this week. These two teams are not evenly matched, and it’s hard to see the Redskins keeping this game close. Washington doesn’t do anything very well on the offensive side of the ball, and their defense has been struggling of late as well. Minnesota has figured some things out on offense, and their defense has gotten stops when they have needed to. The Vikings are the much better team, and they are going to roll at home on Thursday night. Bet the Minnesota Vikings -16.0 over the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football. The Vikings are the pick to make at our favorite pay per head location of RealBookies.
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