Atlanta Falcons v Minnesota Vikings NFL Bets, Picks & Predictions Falcons vs Vikings Odds, H2H Betting Strategy, Tips & NFL Game Preview
The 2019 NFL season begins for the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings in the Land of 10,000 Lakes at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis; where the Vikings are a 4-point NFL betting favorite to emerge winners. Both the Falcons and the Vikings were disappointments last season with each failing to make the playoffs.
Atlanta Falcons v Minnesota Vikings Odds & Betting
- Betting Line: Vikings -4 O/U 47.5
- Moneyline Odds: Minnesota Vikings -195, Atlanta Falcons +165
NFL Falcons vs Vikings Game
- Date and Time: Sunday, Sep. 8 at 1:00pm ET
- Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
- TV: FOX
Vikings vs Falcons Match History & Game Background
These teams met last in the 2017 season.
The Falcons were beset by injuries last season and it cost them in their 7-9 season. RB Devonta Freeman was limited to two games because of various injuries and the previous season playing 14 games he rushed for 865 yards and also had 311 receiving yards.
Even with the Falcons disappointing season Matt Ryan had a big one passing for 4.924 yards with 35 TD and only seven INT and it was the 8th straight season he has passed for at least 4,000 yards. Star WR Julio Jones led the NFL last season with 1,677 yards and rookie Calvin Ridley led the team with 10 TD.
Minnesota has not changed many faces on the defensive side of the football, and they should have a solid unit again. Last season they were one of the better teams defending the pass, but only ranked in the middle of the pack defending the run.
The Vikings were 8-7-1 last season in their first one with Kirk Cousins at the help and while he passed for 4,298 yards with 30 TD and 10 INT the offense was an inconsistent one failing to surpass 10 points in four games. Still, he has one of the best WR duos in the league in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who combined for 215 catches, 2,394 yards, and 18 TD.
Dalvin Cook is the lead RB and the Vikings have high hopes for the 3rd year back. He led the team with 615 rushing yards last season in only 11 games and he is healthy heading into the season.
One of the big reasons the Falcons did not make the playoffs was because of their defense. They only ranked 25th in the league against the pass and 27th against the run. However, injuries hit the D hard and LB Deion Jones and S Keanu Neal each missed several games.
The Vikings were 5-3 at home last season and they could use a good start this season with two of their next three games on the road facing the Packers and Bears.
NFL Atlanta Falcons v Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
- The Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- The Falcons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games
- The Falcons have an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 September games
- The Vikings are 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 home games
- The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Week 1 games
- The Vikings have an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games
- The Vikings are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games against the Falcons
- The Underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these teams
- In the last 7 games between these teams the Under record is 6-1.
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Falcons vs Vikings Predictions, Picks & Tips
Both of these teams look to bounce back after missing out on the playoffs last season. Both teams also have a solid offense with Matty Ice and Cousins and pass defense will be key in this game.
The Falcons will be a much better defensive unit than they were last season and that will be clearly demonstrated from the outset In what could well prove to a very dour struggle, home ground advantage could see the Minnesota Vikings claim a tight win; but as an NFL betting strategy we are tipping the Atlanta Falcons to cover the spread.
Falcons vs Vikings NFL Betting Predictions
- Minnesota Vikings H2H in a close one
- Atlanta Falcons to cover the spread
Betting Line: Vikings -4
Over/Under: 41 points at 888 Sportsbook
The Bears have already won the NFC East title and if they win this game and also have the L.A. Rams lose in their season finale to the San Francisco 49ers then Chicago will be the #2 NFC seed in the playoffs and get a first round bye.
The Bears are riding a three-game winning streak and in their last three points they have only given up an average of 10 points per game. Chicago does not have the highest scoring offense, but their defense is more than legit ranking a solid fourth in the league.
It is pretty easy for the Vikings, as if they win this game they are in the playoffs. They can lose and still get in, but the Philadelphia Eagles also have to win their last game. Minnesota has won two in a row after they lost two straight.
Their defense ranks third in the league, overall, and in winning their last two games they have only given up a total of 26 points. The key to this game for them on defense is keeping the Bears from racking up the rushing yards and their inability to do that in their first matchup with Chicago cost them.
These teams met easier this season in Chicago where the Bears beat the Vikings 25-20.
- This season the Bears are 11-4 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 8-7 and the Vikings are at 8-6-1 ATS with an Over/Under record of 6-9.
The Bears have covered the spread in four of their last five games against the Vikings.
Chicago was at home in their last game in a defensive battle in a 14-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers. For the game, they outgained San Fran (325 yards to 279 yards) and in the second half they shut them out. Their run defense was key holding the 49ers to only 47 yards on the ground.
Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky had 246 passing yards in the 49ers’ win tossing a touchdown and had one interception. Jordan Howard rushed for 53 yards and a TD in the game and while he did not have the biggest game in the earlier win over the Vikings as a team Chicago rushed for 148 yards while holding Minnesota to only 22 yards on the ground.
The Bears will be facing a Vikings’ defense that ranks third in the league against the run and 11th against the pass.
Minnesota was on the road in their last game and they also had a solid defensive game in beating the Detroit Lions 27-9. They only gave up 223 yards and they had 340 yards.
Kirk Cousins had 253 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over the Lions and Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen had over 200 yards between them.
Dalvin Cook led Minnesota with 73 rushing yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. He would like to atone for his first game this season against the Bears where he rushed for only 12 yards on nine carries. However, he will be facing a Chicago run defense that ranks second in the NFL against the run
Cousins only has one interception in his last three games, but in the earlier season game against the Bears he had two picks and has to avoid the turnover in this do-or-die game for Minnesota.
Chicago Bears betting trends
- 8-1 ATS in their last nine games
- 6-1 ATS in their last seven games after a win
- Under record of 4-1 in their last five games
Minnesota Vikings betting trends
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games facing a team with a winning record
- 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games after a win
- Under record of 4-1 in their last five games
- Under record of 8-3 in their last 11 home games
Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction
Tough call in this one between a couple of teams that have great defenses. However, at home and with a better passing game going with the Vikings.
This game will be a pretty close one, but Minnesota will still win and cover the spread making the playoffs in the process.
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