NFL Betting Odds – Can Manning Man-Handle the Streaking Vikings?

Posted by Aaron . on October 3, 2015 in

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will look to man-handle teddy Bridgewater and the streaking Minnesota Vikings when the two playoff hopefuls square off at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday. Now, let’s find out which team is going to bring home the bacon in this Week 4 clash.

Minnesota at Denver NFL Betting Odds and Game Info

When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, October 4, 2015
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
NFL Odds: Denver -6.5
Over/Under: 44

Minnesota Vikings (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS)
Minnesota has won two straight games since dropping the regular season opener and come into this contest off an emphatic 31-14 win over San Diego to cash in as a 2-point home favorite. Teddy Bridgewater had a so-so game in completing 13 of 24 passes for 121 yards with one pick, but it was future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson that led the Vikes to victory by rushing for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. The Vikings are ranked 29th in total offense and 19th in scoring (20.0). defensively, Minnesota ranks a stellar fifth in points allowed (16.7 ppg).

Teddy Bridgewater

Denver Broncos (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS)
Denver remained unbeaten by handing the struggling Lions a convincing 24-12 loss in Week 3 to cash in as a 3-point road favorite. Manning completed 31 of 42 passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and the defense picked off Detroit’s Matthew Stafford twice to win the turnover battle.

Despite being undefeated, Denver is ranked a dismal 30th in total offense, though they have managed to rank 13th in scoring (24.7 ppg) as new head coach Gary Kubiak alters the Broncos’ offense to give it more balance by running the ball more. Defensively, the Broncos are ranked first in total yards and passing, sixth against the run and an impressive fourth in points allowed (16.3).

Denver Broncos

Game Analysis: 58 percent of the betting public likes Denver to cover the spread at home as a near-touchdown favorite, but I think this game has the look of a classic field goal contest if you ask me.

Denver’s offense and its ability to score points in a hurry are now a thing of the past as Denver tries to run a more conventional offense that doesn’t revolve around Manning so exclusively. Having said that, I also love the way that Minnesota has been playing defense since hiring Mike Zimmer a year ago and I believe the Vikes will pick off Manning at least once in this contest.

Vikings vs Broncos Trends

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games and 4-2 ATS in its last half-dozen road games. Conversely, Denver is just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. About 66 percent of the betting public likes the Over for this inter-conference matchup, but with two elite defense taking the field, I’m thinking the Under is close to a lock selection. The total has gone Under in five of Minnesota’s last half-dozen games and six of Denver’s last nine games

The Pick: Denver 17 Minnesota 14