Redskins vs Vikings:No one knows football like Tierney. The veteran sportswriter, whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, has covered football of all levels for decades. And that expertise has been evident since he joined SportsLine in 2016. Last season, he went 63-46 on NFL picks against the spread.
In addition, Tierney has his pulse on the Redskins. In fact, he is 18-6 on his last 24 picks involving Washington, and anyone who has followed him is way up. Now, he has analyzed Vikings vs. Redskins from every possible angle and locked in another confident against the spread pick. It’s available only at SportsLine.
Tierney knows that Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins is on a roll. In the first four games of the season, Cousins completed 64.6 percent of his passes and averaged 183.8 yards a game while throwing just three touchdowns. However, in the last three games, Cousins has completed 75.6 percent of his passes for an average of 325.3 yards. He’s connected on 10 touchdowns over that span against only one interception. The former Redskins quarterback who signed with the Vikings prior to the 2018 season, Cousins will have extra motivation facing his former team.
In addition, Minnesota has one of the top defenses in the league. The Vikings are giving up just 327.9 yards and 17.6 points per game, and rank sixth in the NFL in both categories. The Vikings are also 5-2 against the spread this season, compared to just 2-5 for Washington.
Kickoff is slated for 8:20 p.m. EST on NFL Network and FOX. The game will be streamed on Amazon.
The Redskins are led by head coach Bill Callahan, quarterback Case Keenum and running back Adrian Peterson. Washington comes in with a 1-6 record after a Week 7 loss to the 49ers
.The Vikings are led by head coach Mike Zimmer, quarterback Kirk Cousins, and running back Dalvin Cook. Minnesota comes in with a 5-2 record after a Week 7 win over the Lions.
When the Vikings (5-2) host the Redskins (1-6) on “Thursday Night Football” (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video), the matchup takes the “revenge game” narrative to a whole new level
Quarterback Kirk Cousins doubled up as a franchise-tagged player before leaving Washington for Minnesota as a free agent before the 2018 season. He replaced Case Keenum, who landed in Denver in ’18 before becoming the new bridge QB in Washington this season
Then there’s Adrian Peterson, the former Vikings superstar running back who’s now the centerpiece of the Redskins’ run-heavy offense with interim coach Bill Callahan. He is expected to play through an ankle injury for what might be a final shot to play against his former team in his former home.
That said, Cousins and the Vikings are huge favorites over Keenum, Peterson and the Redskins.
Here’s everything to know about betting on Redskins vs. Vikings in Week 8, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Thursday Night Football.
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Betting odds for ‘Thursday Night Football
Spread: Vikings by 16.5
Point total: 42
Moneyline: Redskins -105, Vikings -105
The Vikings are red-hot, having won three consecutive games, covering as mild favorites in each. The Redskins just got shut out against the 49ers, but they ended up covering by losing only 9-0. Minnesota has been a heavy favorite since early in the week.
Redskins vs. Vikings all-time series
The teams have split the series, 13-13. The Vikings have won three of four games in the rivalry since 2013. All of them were one-possession games. Dating back to 1996, the Vikings are 8-6 straight up and 8-6 against the spread.
Three trends to know
53 percent of bettors believe the Vikings will cover the big number, while 52 percent like the total to go over, given Cousins will be motivated to not to let up on his former team.
When the Vikings win, they’ve covered all five times. When the Vikings lose, they have failed to come through against the spread.
Redskins vs. Vikings prediction
The Vikings will jump out to a big lead with Cousins and use Cook and rookie backup Alexander Mattison more to slam the door and keep the ball away from Keenum and the Redskins to quickly remove any thoughts of a road comeback. Minnesota is a much better team and won’t waste the opportunity to make a massive statement for a national audience.