San Diego Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings Free NFL Picks

David Lawrence

Sunday, September 27, 2015 10:41 AM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015 10:41 AM UTC

Two 1-1 teams meet in Minnesota on Sunday as San Diego travels to the eastern part of the country after following up a home win over Detroit with a loss at Cincinnati. The Vikings struggled in San Francisco in Week 1 in Adrian Peterson's first game back after suspension, but he ran for 134 yards in a win over the Lions at home and he has good memories from playing the Chargers as he ran for 296 yards against them as a rookie in 2007. This is an intriguing matchup between teams that have different styles and philosophies.

Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -3 +102 at Pinnacle
This NFL odds started out at -3 for the Lions at home before moving to -2, and it is currently at -2.5 and it might not move again. The verdict is still out for the Vikings on Teddy Bridgewater, who was strangely the focus on their gameplan against the 49ers, but he was much better against the Lions with Peterson as the focal point. The Chargers are all about Philip Rivers and with him under center, San Diego is never out of any game. The public will have a tough time deciding this game.

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TE Ladarius Green is the biggest concern for the Chargers as he suffered his second concussion in two weeks, so there is an excellent chance that he'll sit this game out. C Chris Watt and G D.J. Fluker are worries up front with an ailing groin and an ankle problem, respectively, while WR Jacoby Jones is still bothered by his ankle.

Minnesota has some problems on their offensive line, starting with C John Sullivan (back) and T Phil Loadholt (Achilles), along with G Brandon Fusco (concussion). Sullivan might be back in Week 10, while Loadholt is out for the year and with concussions, you never know for Fusco. That's three starters up front that the Vikings are without now.


The Chargers have managed to cover the spread in just three of their last 13 games, and they're 2-5 ATS on the road in their last seven. The Vikings are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games, and a very good 5-1 ATS in their last six at home.

The two have split eight meetings SU since 1981, while the Chargers have covered in four of seven of those meetings. In Minnesota, the Vikings are 3-2 SU, but have covered just twice in those games.

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