Thursday Night Football in the NFL pits two teams that have struggled for the first half of the season. The Minnesota Vikings host the Washington Redskins with the Redskins laying points as a road favorite.
While much of the viewing audience in the nation will be fixated on the Oregon vs. Stanford and Oklahoma vs. Baylor Thursday Night matchups, this NFL game will be a great play for the public.
The Redskins are just 3-5 entering the game while the Vikings are a dismal 1-7 and have lost four straight. Nevertheless, Washington is only 1.5 games out of first in the NFC East.
Washington is currently favored -2.5 on the road for just the sixth time in since Mike Shanahan’s term as head coach.
Washington is 3-2 SU and ATS in that role, which includes a win of 24-11 at Oakland on September 29 as a favorite -3.5.
Minnesota however is 4-6 SU and 6-4 ATS as an underdog at home since 2011 when Leslie Frazier took the reins as head coach.
All four of the wins outright by the Vikings as underdogs at home were in 2012, when Minnesota was 10-6 and went to the playoffs.
For those interested in futures, Washington to start the season had a win total of eight on Bovada and other sports books. To pass that mark, Washington will have to win six of its last 8 games. The Redskins still face Kansas City and San Francisco so that number looks tough to reach.
On sportsbook sites such as topbet and betonline, neither Washington nor Minnesota has been good bets during this season. Both teams are 3-5 ATS. However, last week both covered.
Six of the eight games Minnesota has played the OVER has cashed, with for Washington the OVER has cashed in five games.
In addition, in the past two games head to head between the teams the total has cashed on the OVER, with Washington winning at home in 2012 38-26 and Minnesota in 2011 at home 33-26.
The line at -2.5 for Washington has remained the same for most of the time since it came out on Sunday night. The points came out at 48.5, have been bet up to the 50s and now sit at 50.
Washington has looked better the past couple of weeks, but laying points on the road with them is a difficult proposition. It is not easy backing the Vikings as they have won just one game and are getting three points or less.
The lean on this game should go to the OVER.