Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans Betting Preview – NFL, October 4, 2020

| September 30, 2020 12:21 pm PDT

The Vikings and Texans were both playoff teams in 2019, each winning 10 regular-season games. Barring a tie on Sunday in Houston, one of these two aspiring organizations will be sitting at 0-4.

Bill O’Brien’s group has been getting beat up week in and week out, while Mike Zimmer’s crew is banged up and can’t get off the field on defense.

Which of these teams is most likely to get off the schneid in week 4?

Let’s look ahead toward a Vikings vs. Texans prediction and figure that out. 

Vikings vs. Texans Odds

Vikings (+5)-110
Texans (-5)-110
Vikings to Win+195
Texans to Win-225
Over 54.5-110
Under 54.5-110

This line tells you just how little the safest sports betting sites trust the Minnesota Vikings. Not only are the Texans winless, but their -38 point differential is among the worst in the league.

In fact, only the Jets and the Giants have been outscored by more.

Any hope that Earl Thomas was on his way to shore up the Houston secondary was dashed after the Texans sent Thomas home. Per Ian Rapoport, Bill O’Brien deemed that the Pro Bowl safety “was not a great fit for them – both on their football field and in their locker room.”

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings defense has been utterly atrocious. Part of that is due to stalwarts Daniele Hunter and Anthony Barr being sidelined with injuries. Part of that is due to a revamped secondary that is also shorthanded due to some knicks and bruises.

At the same time, Mike Zimmer is supposed to be a defensive guru. The product he’s been rolling out onto the field is embarrassing.

Minnesota ranks 30th in yards allowed, 31st in points allowed, 31st in turnover differential.

First and foremost, Minnesota needs to take pride in the defensive side of the ball. Secondly, Kirk Cousins simply needs to play better in order to give Minnesota a chance to win games.

“Captain Kirk” is leading the league with six interceptions, and only Carson Wentz, Sam Darnold, and Dwayne Haskins have lower QBRs.

The one saving grace for the Vikes?

Dalvin Cook is a monster, and the Texans clock in dead last in terms of rushing yards surrendered.

Houston Texans

Bill O’Brien traded DeAndre Hopkins and now refuses to bring in a seven-time Pro Bowler and former Super Bowl champ. Another headscratcher or two from the Texans head honcho and perhaps O’Brien becomes the first NFL coach to be fired.

The McNair family may cut O’Brien some slack based on how brutal Houston’s opening schedule has been, but what’s the excuse for Deshaun Watson’s slow and erratic start?

Recently signed for a whopping $160 million extension, Watson has thrown a pick in every game. He’s been sacked 13 times (at least 4 times in each game) and is yet to surpass 275 passing yards. Both Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller need to be more consistent, and the offensive line needs to do a better job at protecting.

The good news for fans in Space City is that a matchup against Minnesota at NRG Stadium is the perfect recipe to get back on track.

Vikings vs. Texans Pick

My Vikings vs. Texans prediction is that we see a closely-contested game that goes down to the wire.

With Danielle Hunter unlikely to return in the near future, Deshaun Watson and the Houston offense should be in for a big day. The recent emergence of Justin Jefferson gives Kirk Cousins a legitimate outside weapon, and let’s not forget how bad the Texans defense has been.

The problem with backing the over is the total has already swelled five points since opening at 49.5. In other words, we may be a little late for that party.

Until Houston demonstrates they have the firepower to pull away from an opponent, fading them seems to be the way to go. After all, the Texans are 0-3 ATS thus far.

Pick
  • Vikings (+5)
    -110
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