This Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings will clash in a showdown between two winless teams, languishing at the bottom of the NFL standings as the season begins.
The Chargers have suffered consecutive heartbreakers, losing their first two games by a mere five points. Their season opener ended in a 36-34 defeat to the Miami Dolphins, followed by a nail-biting overtime loss of 27-24 to the Tennessee Titans.
The Vikings, in a similar predicament, have faced their share of close calls. Minnesota’s two losses have amounted to a nine-point differential. The irony lies in the belief that both teams could be sporting a 2-0 record at this juncture, yet they now find themselves on the precipice of a 0-3 start. The Los Angeles Chargers come into this game -1, despite being on the road at the Vikings. The total points for this game is set at 54
Check out the NFL betting odds, analysis, and free pick for Los Angeles Chargers versus the Minnesota Vikings afternoon game on NFL Week 3.
Chargers vs Vikings Odds and Betting Prediction for the Game | MyBookie NFL Week 3 Regular Season Preview
Los Angeles Chargers vs Minnesota Vikings Betting
ATS Odds: Chargers -1
Money line Odds: Chargers -110 / Vikings -110
Over/Under Odds: 54
Sunday, September 24th at 1:00 pm ET | FOX
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Chargers Hope for Ekeler’s Return
Despite Justin Herbert’s impressive performance, amassing over 530 passing yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception, his team remains winless this season. This must be deeply frustrating for the talented signal caller. Even Keenan Allen’s remarkable two-touchdown catch on Sunday couldn’t steer the Chargers to victory.
The absence of their top running back, Austin Ekeler, due to injury added to their woes. Ekeler had delivered a stellar performance, rushing for over 115 yards in the game against the Dolphins.
In Sunday’s matchup, Joshua Kelley assumed the role of running back, contributing an average of 65 yards per game over the first two games of the season for the Chargers. The Achilles’ heel for the Chargers lies in their defense, which has been leaky, conceding an average of 31.5 points per game.
As we approach Week 3, all eyes will be on the Los Angeles Chargers injury report as they hope to get Ekeler back.
Vikings Hoping for Home Cooking
Minnesota had a golden opportunity to secure a significant victory against Philadelphia but struggled to stymie the Eagles‘ offense effectively, allowing them to score 34 points in their triumph.
One concerning trend for the Vikings is their propensity for turnovers. While Kirk Cousins has only thrown one interception, the offense has lost the ball four times due to fumbles, including a critical one in the end zone that thwarted a potential score for Justin Jefferson and the Vikings.
Speaking of Jefferson, he continues to showcase himself as one of the premier receivers in the league. The former LSU standout has hauled in an impressive 20 receptions for 309 yards this season, although he has yet to find the end zone.
If he can maintain his exceptional receiving yardage while adding some touchdowns to the mix and helping Minnesota secure victories, his odds for the NFL MVP title could see an upswing. In the touchdown department, Jordan Addison and T.J. Hockenson have notched two each, with K.J. Osborn contributing one. Alexander Mattison leads the ground game but averages just 31 yards per game.
Los Angeles Chargers vs Minnesota Vikings Final Prediction | Chargers and Vikings Fight to the End
We expect this to be an excellent National Football League game. It’s a surprise that both these teams have yet to win a game, and one of them will start the season 0-3. In the end, though, the Vikings, being at home, get the nod.
Look for Kirk Cousins to find his weapons early and often, and the Chargers do not have an answer for them. Brandon Staley’s seat gets a little warmer with another loss.
Betting the Minnesota Vikings +1 is the way to go with this game on Sunday afternoon.
NFL Week 3 Pick: Minnesota Vikings +1 | Bet Chargers vs Vikings
MyBookie Betting Lines for the Game
Los Angeles Chargers Last 5
|9/17/23||@ TEN||L27-24 OT|
Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report
|Name | Position||Status||DATE|
|Austin Ekeler RB||Questionable||Sep 20|
|Eric Kendricks LB||Questionable||Sep 20|
|Joey Bosa LB||Questionable||Sep 20|
|Daiyan Henley LB||Questionable||Sep 20|
|Chris Rumph II LB||Questionable||Sep 20|
AFC West Standings | Los Angeles Chargers
|Name | Position||W||L||T||Strk|
|Las Vegas Raiders||1||1||0||L1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||1||0||W1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||0||2||0||L2|
Minnesota Vikings Last 5
Minnesota Vikings Injury Report
|Name | Position||Status||DATE|
|Olisaemeka Udoh OT||IR||Sep 19|
|Jordan Hicks LB||Questionable||Sep 20|
|Josh Metellus S||Questionable||Sep 20|
|Jalen Nailor WR||Questionable||Sep 20|
|Marcus Davenport LB||Questionable||Sep 20|
NFC North Standings | Minnesota Vikings
|Name | Position||W||L||T||Strk|
|Green Bay Packers||1||1||0||L1|
Los Angeles Chargers at Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
- In the last 4 of 4 Away games, the Los Angeles Chargers have hit the Moneyline bet (ROI: 65.3%)
- In the last 1 of 2 Home games, the Los Angeles Chargers have not hit the Moneyline bet (ROI: -24.7%)
- In the last 5 of 6 games, the Los Angeles Chargers have hit the Moneyline bet (ROI: 35.3%)
- The Minnesota Vikings have hit the Moneyline in 8 of their last 9 games (ROI: 52.4%)
- The Minnesota Vikings have hit the Moneyline in 4 of their last 5 Away games (ROI: 57.9%)
- In the last 4 of 4 Home games, the Minnesota Vikings have hit the Moneyline bet (ROI: 45.5%)
- In the last 3 of 4 Away games, the Los Angeles Chargers have hit the Point Spread bet (ROI: 43.0%)
- The Los Angeles Chargers have not covered the Point Spread in 2 of their last 2 Home games (ROI: -100.0%)
- In the last 3 of 6 games, the Los Angeles Chargers have not hit the Point Spread bet (ROI: -4.7%)
- In the last 4 of 9 games, the Minnesota Vikings have not hit the Point Spread bet (ROI: -3.7%)
- The Minnesota Vikings have not hit the Point Spread in 2 of their last 5 Away games (ROI: -2.4%)
- The Minnesota Vikings have not hit the Point Spread in 2 of their last 4 Home games (ROI: -5.3%)
The following NFL betting odds are based on MyBookie Sportsbook.
NFL Odds to Win this Season
|San Francisco 49ers||+420|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+430|
|New Orleans Saints||+6200|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+8000|
|Green Bay Packers||+14000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+15000|
|Los Angeles Rams||+17000|
|New York Jets||+18000|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+26000|
|New England Patriots||+90000|
|New York Giants||+95000|
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