Struggling & Injured Vikings & Raiders Collide in Low Scoring Week 10 Clash

David Lawrence

Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:08 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 5:08 PM GMT

The Vikings are quietly 6-2 but are dealing with an injury question that might not be resolved until much later in the week. Can they handle the Raiders in Oakland? Check out free NFL picks inside.

Momentum
The Vikings beat the St. Louis Rams in overtime last weekend to continue their feel-good run. Teddy Bridgewater is a very mature NFL quarterback, just two seasons into his career. He has definitely proved his detractors wrong by giving coach Mike Zimmer a competent quarterback who makes basic plays, doesn’t turn the ball over a lot, and can scramble when plays break down. The Vikings aren’t doing things to lose ballgames, and in this version of the NFL, that can be enough to go 6-2. Minnesota might not blow teams out, but it is doing just enough most weeks.

The Raiders lost to Pittsburgh because their defense fell apart, but quarterback Derek Carr is the real deal. He is showing a major-league gun but also a lot of touch on his passes. He is giving the organization a lot of confidence that he is the quarterback of the present and the future. This is a source of great encouragement for everyone who has wondered when the Raiders would finally become relevant again. The team hasn’t learned how to win consistently, but it’s a lot farther along than it once was. That’s important. The Raiders can’t stop playing now, but they’re on the right track for the future.

 

Line Moves
The NFL odds currently sit at 43.5 after relatively little movement. Bettors might be waiting to see what happens to the evaluation of Bridgewater. The Raiders are a three-point favorite relative to the spread, which seems to indicate a belief that the public doesn’t feel Bridgewater will be 100 percent even if he plays.

 

Notable Injuries
For the Vikings, linebacker Audie Cole is on the injured reserve list. Cornerback Jabari Price is also on the IR, as is defensive tackle Shamar Stephen and tackle Phil Loadholt. Center John Sullivan is out indefinitely with a back injury. Linebacker Anthony Barr is questionable with an arm injury. Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is questionable with a concussion. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is questionable with a knee injury. Linebacker Eric Kendricks is questionable with a rib injury. Defensive end Justin Trattou is questionable with an ankle injury.

For the Raiders, defensive end Justin Tuck is on injured reserve. So is tackle Menelik Watson. Safety Nate Allen is probable with a knee injury. Linebacker Neiron Ball is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Center Rodney Hudson is questionable with an ankle injury. Starting running back Latavius Murray is questionable with a concussion. Cornerback Travis Carrie is probable with a shoulder injury.

 

Handicapping The Game
The Oakland Raiders are making forward strides in the NFL this season. They are not going to finish in the basement of the AFC West and they could play at least one meaningful game – if not more – in December this season, which would be a change for them. This is one of the more interesting games on the Sunday schedule.

The situation with Bridgewater is such that even if the quarterback plays, he’s not going to be at his best, and the Vikings will try to run the ball as much as possible. Minnesota has a good defense, so the idea of this being a 20-17 game makes sense. Take the under with your NFL picks.

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