At the end of every season, you look at every team in the NFL and try to figure out what it is they need to do to improve upon their previous effort. For some teams, wholesale changes, including a new coaching staff, appears to be the way to go. Then there are teams who look to be close to being ready to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. For those teams, it is usually just one or two pieces that are required to complete the puzzle and turn them into a contender.
A couple of seasons ago, the Minnesota Vikings looked ready, but they ended coming up short, with the belief being that they needed a franchise QB. They got their man, signing Kirk Cousins last preseason, but that failed to take them over the top. In year 2 of the Cousins era, the Vikings are once again looking to get back into contention. They have looked good in preseason and will close things out on the road against the Buffalo Bills.
The Vikings are favorites at the most recent NFL Odds. Let’s some predictions!
Vikings vs Bills 2019 NFL Preseason Week 4 Lines & Game Preview
- When: Thursday, August 29 at 7 PM EST
- Where: New Era Field, Buffalo
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Preseason Week 4 Lines: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 (Total 35)
- Mostly Sunny: 22°C/72°F
- Humidity: 66%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Cloud Cover: 19%
- Wind: 14 mph WSW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Minnesota Vikings?
The Minnesota Vikings have come into this preseason looking like a team that means business. Sure, it’s always a bad idea to get carried away by results in the preseason, but it has been the Vikings offense, which has let them down over the past couple of seasons, that has set the tone in their 3 preseason games, scoring an average of 26.3 PPG in 3 straight wins.
The bad news here is that Kirk Cousins has not looked great, going just 3-13 in the Vikings win over the Cardinals. He had better get the kinks ironed out quickly to be ready for the start of the regular season. Overall, Minnesota are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games, while also going 4-2 ATS in their last 6 meetings with the Buffalo Bills. Minnesota are 5-0 SU in their last 5 August games.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 25.14
- Passing Yards: 218.14
- Rushing Yards: 134.29
- Turnovers: 2.29
Why bet on the Buffalo Bills?
Again, it’s never a good idea to get carried away with performances in August, but this has been a very positive preseason for the Buffalo Bills. While the Bills are 3-0, it is worth noting that they have not looked particularly sharp on either side of the ball when the starters have been on the field. A lot of their wins have developed late in preseason games when we are looking at 3rd and 4th string guys getting some playing time.
These are the types of things that need to be paid attention to before you start wagering in Week 1 of the regular season. An unbeaten preseason record looks nice, but the results do not tell the entire story. The Bills have been a good bet ATS in August, going 5-1 ATS in their last 6. That said, they are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 22.86
- Passing Yards: 254.14
- Rushing Yards: 103.29
- Turnovers: 2.00
Vikings vs Bills NFL Preseason Week 4 Betting Trends
- Vikings are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
- Vikings are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against Buffalo
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
- Bills are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the NFC conference
- Bills are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in August
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 6 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Vikings vs Bills
With two unbeaten teams going head to head in the final game for each in the preseason, something has to give. The reality is that the Vikings have looked to be the sharper of the two, so let’s take them for the road win.
Score: Minnesota Vikings 27 – Buffalo Bills 20