Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting – NFL Week 6, 2020

By Admir Aljic in NFL
| October 12, 2020 2:46 pm PDT

Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season starts Sunday, October 18, as there will be no Thursday Night Football due to the scheduling problems caused by COVID-19.

Hereof, the first clash on our list will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon. We’ll see a great battle between two teams that are desperate for a win, so here’s my best Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings betting pick.

Falcons vs. Vikings Odds

Falcons +3.5-110
Vikings -3.5-110
Falcons to Win-180
Vikings to Win+160
Over 56.5-110
Under 56.5-110

The Falcons enter Week 6, still searching for their first win in 2020. On the other side, the Vikings are 1-4 after the first five rounds, fully deserving to be listed as favorites in this one.

Both teams have played some lousy defense thus far, so the bookies expect to see a high-scoring affair, setting the line at 56.5 points.

However, the totals could change in the next few days, so keep tracking the odds update on some of the top sportsbooks online.

Atlanta Falcons Form

The Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff this past Sunday, only a couple of hours following a 23-16 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. It was another terrible performance by the Falcons, who missed Julio Jones due to a hamstring injury.

For the second straight game, Matt Ryan failed to throw a TD pass. He finished Week 5 with 21 completed passes out of 37 attempts for 226 yards and one interception.

The Falcons are scoring 24.4 points per game (21st in the NFL) on 390.6 total yards (13th). However, they are yielding a whopping 32.2 points per contest (31st) on 446.0 total yards (also 31st). That’s why I’m shocked that Atlanta named its defensive coordinator Raheem Morris as an interim head coach.

Minnesota Vikings Form

The Vikings are coming off a disappointing 27-26 defeat at the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday Night Football. They had a 26-21 lead with 7:08 to go in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings lost their focus down the stretch and allowed the Seahawks to score a winning TD with 15 seconds left on the clock.

Interestingly, the Vikings had a chance to take a field goal and eventually make it 29-21, but Mike Zimmer decided to go for a fourth-and-1, and the rest is history. Minnesota dropped to 1-4 on the season, and the Vikings will have a mountain to climb on their way to the postseason.

The Vikings are tallying 26.4 points per game (15th) on 376.0 total yards (16th). They are allowing 30.4 points in a return (27th) on 404.0 total yards (26th).

Falcons vs. Vikings Pick

The Vikings’ lost their starting RB Dalvin Cook (groin) on Sunday. Cook’s status is still in limbo, making this bet a tricky one.

With healthy Dalvin Cook, I won’t have any dilemma in this one. The Vikings would beat the hapless Falcons. However, if Cook remains on the shelf, this could be a very tight battle between two teams that mightily struggle on the defensive end.

Therefore, I’m going with the over on the totals. Both teams will be fired up to grab a victory with so much on the table for each side. Considering their defensive displays in 2020, both Atlanta and Minnesota can only rely on their offensive units.

Pick
  • Over 56.5
    -110
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  1. Brian October 15, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Go Vikings

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