Raiders vs. Vikings Betting Analysis & NFL Preseason Pick

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 7, 2014 3:40 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 3:40 PM UTC

The Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders have a lot of questions to answer at quarterback over the next four weeks, which will lead to a lot of passes in their preseason opener Friday.


A New Look Under Center
After a 2013 season in which Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor all struggled, Oakland will have a new look under center in its 2014 exhibition opener, which is important to consider when looking over the NFL betting lines for this matchup.

Former Houston Texans signal-caller Matt Schaub has been brought in by head coach Dennis Allen, as he feels the former Virginia Cavaliers star is still one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league.

Derek Carr has moved into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart after being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, which isn’t much of a surprise due to running a pro-style offense in his first two years at Fresno State.


Making a Move
In watching a Minnesota press conference earlier this week, it was easy to see how much Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes rookie Teddy Bridgewater, which has him in line to get some reps with the first team in this spot.

The Vikings are happy with what they’ve seen from potential starter Matt Cassel, but it’s only a matter of time before Bridgewater takes over, as numerous NFL scouts have mentioned that he did more at the line of scrimmage during his time at Louisville than the rest of the first-year players at that position.

It looks like Christian Ponder is on the outside looking in, as his reps have dropped off significantly in comparison to training camps of the past.


Going Above the Number
The Raiders have gone over the total in five of their eight NFL preseason games under Allen, which can’t be ignored when looking over the betting odds, especially since he’s had a revolving door under center.

Oakland knows what to expect from its running game after ranking 12th in the league in average 125 yards per game on the ground—one of the main reasons why the Silver and Black will take to the air.


See You in the Regular Season
Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson will not get his first preseason carry since 2011 any time soon, but that doesn’t bother Turner and Zimmer, as both Turner and Zimmer are aware of the injury risk being too great to put him on the field.

Minnesota doesn’t have much in the backfield behind Peterson due to Toby Gerhart signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the offseason, which is why the passing playbook will likely open up in this contest.


I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their NFL Week 1 preseason picks, as both teams are in a position to throw the ball regularly at TCF Bank Stadium—the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers that the Vikings will call home for the next two seasons.

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