Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts – NFL, September 20, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts are both ready to hit the panic button if week two doesn’t go as planned. Both teams enter the second week of the 2020 NFL season at 0-1, and badly need to get on the winning trail.
Minnesota’s defense got bombarded by Aaron Rodgers in week one, and now the Vikings have to head out to Indy to get a win on the road. Waiting for them will be Philip Rivers and an Indy offense that showed upside in week one, but fell to the lowly Jaguars.
For a Vikings vs. Colts betting pick and prediction, let’s dive into this matchup, as well as the latest odds.
Vikings vs. Colts Odds
BetOnline has Minnesota priced as the underdog here, one week after being listed as the betting favorite at home against the Packers.
The only real reason to get down on the Vikings here is the fact that they’re on the road. That said, you could argue the value is appealing on either side, as both teams have a viable argument to win and beat the spread going into week two.
This game total feels a little light, though.
Minnesota’s defense clearly isn’t up to par at the moment, and the Colts have a balanced offensive attack. What’s the best bet for this game? Read on to find out.
Vikings vs. Colts Week 2 Preview
On paper, the Vikings are the better team. They have a dynamic feature back in Dalvin Cook, a steady quarterback in Kirk Cousins, a star receiver in Adam Thielen, and a capable defense.
The latter was anything but in week one, although I certainly like their prospects against Rivers, who continues to have issues with protecting the football.
That, and the wind could be taken out of Indy’s sails a bit after the team lost starting running back Marlon Mack to a torn Achilles.
Luckily, Indianapolis does have rookie rusher, Jonathan Taylor, to turn to.
I happen to peg him as one of the best week 2 NFL DFS sleepers, but from a betting stance, I’m not sure the Colts have the leg up in this spot.
Vikings vs. Colts Prediction
Both of these teams are desperate, but Minnesota has the more alluring price in week two. They look like a really fun underdog bet, while they’re a decent bet to beat this spread, too.
If I’m going with the Vikes, though, I’d probably just go all the way and bet on them to win. They’ll surely make the cut for my week two NFL upset picks, as they simply have the more reliable offense.
Another bet we need to consider is the Over. The Colts and Jags combined for 47 points last week, and Minnesota gave up 43 to Green Bay. Both teams will be gunning for a win, so I expect there to be some big plays and a good amount of scoring.
Minnesota is the preferred target at +3, but I also like them to win, and the Over.