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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Impressive Vikings set for more road success

Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen has made a big impression this season
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Minnesota’s impressive 9-2 start to the season has seen them cut to single-figure odds for the Super Bowl and they look worth backing as underdogs for their trip to Atlanta.

The Falcons’ need for a victory is greater as the Vikings have built a handy three-game lead in the NFC North but there is a fierce fight going on for playoff seedings and the visitors won’t want to fall off the pace.

Atlanta have rediscovered their offensive form at just the right time, with star receiver Julio Jones posting a mammoth 253 receiving yards against Tampa Bay, but they are dealing with a key defensive injury as cornerback Desmond Trufant is out.

Vikings QB Case Keenum has done a great job of finding talented receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs and their running back tandem of Latavius Murray and Jerrick McKinnon gives them options.

Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman returns but the Vikings’ defence is sound.

Recommendation
Minnesota +3

2pts 10-11 Betway

Week 13 Power Rankings


The lowdown
Venue Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Surface Artificial
Weather Retractable roof
Vegas handicap Minnesota +3
Vegas points line 47

Team news
Minnesota
Offensive tackle Mike Remmers (back) is out. Linebacker Eric Kendricks (hip) is rated questionable.

Atlanta
Cornerback Desmond Trufant (concussion) is out. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is likely to be able to play after an illness. Running back Devonta Freeman returns after concussion.

Key stat
Minnesota have covered the handicap in 15 of their last 23 road games.


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Minnesota have covered the handicap in 15 of their last 23 road games
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