Redskins vs Vikings 2019 NFL Week 8 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 24, 2019 in

The two teams that will be playing in Thursday night’s NFL matchup are headed in opposite directions. The Minnesota Vikings are on a three game winning streak and have won their last three games by an average of 16 points. With a 5-2 record, the Vikings are looking like a team headed for the playoffs.

As for the Washington Redskins, they enter Thursday night’s contest with a 1-6 record. After an 0-5 start, the Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden. Following his firing, Washington was fortunate to beat the worst team in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins, 17-16. After last weekend’s loss to the 49ers, the Redskins come to Minnesota and will play the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Let’s take a look at the latest NFL Odds while making some predictions.

Redskins vs Vikings 2019 NFL Week 8 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Heading Opposite Directions

For this game having two teams that are going down different paths, there are still a lot of storylines involved. Kirk Cousins, the former Redskins quarterback, has no love for his former team. Cousins, who has been on a tear as of late, will look to put up huge numbers against the Redskins. Injuries will also play a part in this game. Minnesota’s top wide receiver, Adam Thielen, won’t play due to hamstring issues. Thielen left last Sunday’s game with the Lions after catching a touchdown pass.

There was a chance that he was going to play, but the Vikings wanted to be cautious and not expose him to aggravating the injury.

Washington is also having injury issues. With starting running back Darius Guice on IR, Chris Thompson out with a toe injury, the backfield is now led by former Viking Adrian Peterson. Peterson and the Vikings didn’t end things on the best of terms, so even though Peterson is suffering from an ankle sprain, and has been listed as questionable, he says he’s going to play.

It’s doubtful that he’s very productive, but Peterson is determined to show up his old squad.

Even though Cousins and the passing game has been producing, it’s all because of the season that Dalvin Cook has been having. Cook, who is in his third year, is a potential MVP candidate. Cook is nearing 1000 total yards of offense on the season. He currently has 725 rushing yards, and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Defenses have had to scheme to stop Cook, so that has really opened up the passing game for Cousins, Stefon Diggs, and Thielen.

Blowout City

In the court of public opinion, the Redskins are one of, if not the worst franchises in the NFL. They have no real direction right now, and they seem like a team that is now playing for a top draft pick. Daniel Snyder has turned this team into one of the biggest jokes in the National Football League.

While the Skins are headed towards a top draft choice, it looks like the Vikings are headed for a playoff berth. With a stout defense, and an offense that looks like one of the league’s best right now, the Vikings are giving notice to the NFL. This one could get ugly, as the Vikings look to destroy the Washington Redskins in prime time.