Minnesota vs Atlanta: NFL Week 12 Odds and Analysis
Minnesota Vikings: Owners of the top spot in the NFC North
Somewhat quietly, prior to getting knocked down by Green Bay last weekend, Minnesota (7-3) had scratched their way into first place in the NFC North. The Vikings are now a game up in the loss column and third overall in the NFC. Solid defense and a punishing run game are the main engines fueling the Vikings success. Minnesota is ninth overall allowing 334.9 yards per game, they are sixth in passing defense (225 YPG) and tied for 17th at 110.1 rushing yards per game. With Falcons phenom RB Devonta Freeman out with a concussion – the latter stat is a little easier to swallow. On paper, the Atlanta run defense looks rock solid. After digging a little deeper though, NFL leading rusher Adrian Peterson will bounce back from his 45 yard effort versus Green Bay last weekend.
Atlanta Falcons: October 15, 2015 - That’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia
A smoke and mirrors 5-0 start in Atlanta has been reduced to a distant memory as the Falcons went into free fall while racking up a 1-4 recent record. Five of the Falcons six wins were somewhat dicey while their 48-21 home win in Week 5 pushed the Texans record to 1-3 at the time. Atlanta has dropped three straight, by a 64-57 margin, to Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Indianapolis who are sporting a combined 13-17 record. Run defense is viewed by some as Atlanta’s strongest link being as the Falcons have allowed a league low 87.4 rush yards per game. Some of that success was due to teams abandoned the run to keep up with QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones during some of the Black Birds six wins. Some of it has to do with seven of their ten opponents ranking 17th or worse in total rushing yards gained this season. AP is a rare RB who is dangerous every snap.
Vikings vs Falcons 2015 NFL Week 12 Prediction: Though an intangible, Minnesota has to be jacked up by the Packers Turkey Day loss to Chicago. Losing Freeman is not good for Atlanta as the sophomore stud has accounted for 1184 of Atlanta’s 4107 total yards and he has scored eleven of the Falcons 26 touchdowns on offence. Over the Falcons last three games, the Colts AARP backfield managed 74 rushing yards, the 49ers played with a bunch of backups and racked up 133 yards, while Tampa Bay posted 117 yards rushing yards – that’s not good eh? We can’t see either team blowing out the other so we will take the +5 and back the Vikings with a 500 unit wager on the alternate spread price posted at SportsInteraction. Click the odds image below to access SIA.
Minnesota Vikings vs Atlanta Falcons – SportsInteraction 2015 NFL Week 12 Odds
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