Side with Odds Makers & Pick Vikings -5 Over Visiting Raiders

Nikki Adams

Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:34 AM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 11:34 AM UTC

Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings look to extend their winning form in week 2 NFL preseason betting. Something is going to have to give though? Find out where the value NFL picks are to be had.

Oakland Raiders Beat Rams
The Raiders’ preseason got off to a winning start with an 18-3 win at home to the St. Louis Rams, marking a positive start to new coach Jack Del Rio’s tenure at Raiders nation. Next up for the Raiders though is a tough clash with the Minnesota Vikings on the road. The hosts are riding a two-game winning streak, having won the Hall of Fame game over the Steelers and beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 1 of preseason NFL betting. The Vikings are playing their third straight home game this month, which means they’re rested enough and should be raring to go before their diehard fans.

Derek Carr had a modest turn about the field for the short time he was on going 6 of 9 for 43 yards, including 3 passes to rookie receiver Amari Cooper on an opening field-goal drive. He did also throw an interception on the second drive all while looking to connect with his rookie receiver again. Michael Crabtree, brought in to give the O-line added dimension, finished with two catches for 15 yards.


Minnesota Vikings Riding Two-Game Winning Streak
Minnesota Vikings’ preseason is off to a bright start with back-to-back home wins at the expense of the Steelers in the Hall of Fame game and the Buccaneers. They’ll look to extend that run of form when they take on the Raiders at home and, for the time being, the prognosis appears favourable. If not overly so as the Vikings are matched as the 5-point home chalk at Bet365. In fact, they are the hottest favourites on week 2 NFL preseason betting boards.

Teddy Bridgewater has looked sharp over the course of the two-games in his limited time on the field.  In week 1, he went 7 of 8 for 86 yards before ceding the field to backup Shaun Hill, who went for 8 of 9 and 104 yards and two touchdowns. Adrian Peterson is resting a thigh injury, and it looks rather unlikely that the Vikings will use him in the preseason at all.


NFL Betting Tips and Picks
Mike Zimmer and the Vikings have a positive record in the preseason. Last season, the Vikings went a perfect 4-0 in the preseason, winning both their home and road games convincingly, including a 10-6 win over the Raiders, 30-28 win over Arizona, 30-12 over Kansas City and 19-3 over Tennessee. It looks as if they’ve picked up where they’ve left off by winning their first two exhibition engagements in the lead up to the 2015 season. Given such form and the way they’ve played so far, they are correctly favoured to go 3-0 in the preseason (or 7-0 under Mike Zimmer). Question is whether the 5-points is just a touch hefty for a preseason game?

The Raiders have been disappointing over the last decade, making the 5-point spread in the preseason par for the course. Those NFL that feel this franchise is finally poised to turn a corner will consider the spread a huge snub and points just too good to pass up on their NFL picks. In fact, it looks like quite a good chunk of the public is shading the Raiders on their NFL picks (41%). For our money, one game in the preseason is not enough to convince us to take the Raiders over a team that is coming together quite nicely as the Vikings are.

NFL Picks: Vikings -5.0 at Bet365

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