Two teams with similar defenses clash on Sunday when Minnesota travels to Colorado to take on Denver. It’s an important game for both teams.
Minnesota sits at 2 and 1 while Denver is undefeated. Both teams have very good defenses while both offenses struggle at times. For Minnesota, their offense relies on the play of RB Adrian Peterson. AP showed that he was in MVP form when destroying San Diego’s defense in Week 3. Denver’s offense relies on the play of QB Peyton Manning. Which team will come out ahead in a clash of strong defensive teams with lackluster offenses?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Minnesota Vikings Vs Denver Broncos NFL Week 4 Odds
What: Minnesota Vikings (2-1) at Denver Broncos (3-0)
When: Sunday, October, 4, 2015
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Where: Denver, CO
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Weather: 51° F / Sprinkles Late
Spread: Broncos -6.5
Moneyline: Minnesota +245 vs Denver -290
Game Total: 43
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Minnesota vs Denver
Why Bet On Minnesota to Beat Denver (-7)
Adrian Peterson is once again leading the NFL in rushing after just three weeks.
Statistically, Denver’s defense is ranked first in the NFL. The Broncos allow 259 total yards per game. Denver gives up only 176.3 passing yards per game. They give up only 82.7 rushing yards and a total of 16.3 points per matchup.
But Minnesota is no normal rushing team. The Vikings average a terrific 144.3 yards per game on the ground. RB Adrian Peterson showed last week why he is still considered the best running back in the NFL. Peterson rushed for 2 touchdowns and 126 yards on 20 carries. He averaged an incredible 6.3 yards per carry even though everybody on San Diego’s defense knew that he was going to get the football.
Since Adrian Peterson entered the NFL in 2007, no player has more games of 100 Rush Yards and 2 Rush TD pic.twitter.com/hL8412tLuS
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 27, 2015
But Peterson isn’t a one-trick pony. The week before against Detroit, AP caught 2 passes for 58 yards while adding 129 yards on the ground against a team that was committed to stopping the rush. If Peterson gets it going, Minnesota can win this game outright.
Why Bet On Denver (-7) to Beat Minnesota
Since 2012 QB Peyton Manning has played 16,975 snaps, most in the NFL.
Denver had high hopes for its rushing attack at the beginning of this season. Even though they have two really good backs in C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, Denver has disappointed in the rushing game. The Broncos are ranked thirty first in the league and average only 57 yards rushing per game.
Peyton Manning drops a strong ‘Bad News Bears’ reference to explain his arm strength http://t.co/UXVDUr6O5I
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 1, 2015
The Broncos so far have had to rely on QB Peyton Manning in order to do anything on offense. Manning hasn’t been great. He’s only passed for 431 yards. He’s thrown 3 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. His QB rating is a terrible 74.2. But, what he has been is an excellent leader. Manning has led his team to 3 straight wins. Those wins occurred against Baltimore, Kansas City and Detroit. Minnesota’s defense is better than any of those teams’ defenses. Minnesota can win this game outright. My final score prediction is Minnesota 23, Denver 17.