The Minnesota Vikings are legitimate Super Bowl hopefuls. The Buffalo Bills are most certainly not as they enter NFL Week 3 looking like the worst team in the league so far this season. With the straight-up outcome of their Week 3 mismatch a virtual certainty, the only thing that NFL bettors need to concern themselves with is whether or not Minnesota will cover the spread as a double-digit home favorite.
Let’s find out now.
Bills vs Vikings NFL Week 3 Odds & Preview
We’re heading to Minnesota this weekend.Top 7 storylines for #BUFvsMIN: https://t.co/lbrKiyphXa pic.twitter.com/N6vRJfaPaG— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 19, 2018
- Partly Cloudy: 19°C/67°F
- Humidity: 57%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Wind: 12 mph SE
- Cloud Cover: 32%
- Type of Stadium: Indoor
Why Bet On the Buffalo Bills?
Why should you bet on the Bills in their Week3 Inter-Conference clash? Well, because they’re getting a ton of points, that’s why! After getting embarrassed in their 47-3 season-opening loss against Baltimore, the Bills put up a good fight but fell to the Los Angeles Chargers 31-20 last weekend.
Not only are the Bills 0-2, but more importantly, they’ve been forced to hand over the reins of their offense to rookie quarterback Josh Allen despite the fact that he showed in the preseason that he clearly wasn’t ready for the step up in competition. The Bills just saw veteran cornerback Vontae Davis retire – at halftime of their last game – and they just look like a team in trouble right now if you ask me.
- Average Score For: 11.50
- Total Yards: 223
- Pass Yards: 139.50
- Rush Yards: 83.50
- Average Score Against: 398
- Total Yards: 359
- Pass Yards: 246
- Rush Yards: 113
Why Bet On The Minnesota Vikings?
Why should you bet on Minnesota? Because the Vikings are elite on both sides of the ball and are going to get even better offensively as veteran Kirk Cousins continues to get acclimated with his new teammates. After shutting down Jimmy Garoppolo and San Francisco in their opener, Minnesota let a win slip away in their 29-29 Week 2 tie against Green Bay on Sunday.
While Cousins led a furious fourth quarter comeback that saw Minnesota put 22 points on the board, the Vikings saw their hopes for a win slip away thanks to a pair of missed field goals by kicker Daniel Carlson. The good news is that they cut Carlson and signed veteran kicker Dan Bailey to address their kicking game moving forward. Bailey is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history, with a field goal conversion rate of 88.2 percent through seven seasons in Dallas.
- Average Score For: 26.50
- Total Yards: 411.50
- Pass Yards: 319.50
- Rush Yards: 92
- Average Score Against: 22.50
- Total Yards: 339
- Pass Yards: 245
- Rush Yards: 94
Latest NFL Betting Trends for Bills vs Vikings
- Buffalo is 7-12-3 ATS in the last 22 games on the road
- Buffalo is 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 6 games
- Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
- Minnesota is 13-2-1 SU in the last 16 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games at home
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Minnesota might be looking at a high spread, but I’m not worried about the Vikings covering it. Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott has made a mess out of his quarterback situation and now they’re stuck with it. Minnesota has one of the best defenses in the league and I’m expecting them to harass Josh Allen into a really poor performance while covering the spread with room to spare. Minnesota is 8-1 ATS in their last nine games in the month of September and 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and I like the Vikes to cover the chalk.
NFL Week 3 Pick: Vikings 35 Bills 10