Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans betting in Preseason Week 4 on Thursday
By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC
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Including the Hall of Fame game, the Vikings are 4-0 this preseason. The team had a lot of positive answers in August and will look to continue the positivity into September, while the Titans look to pull to .500 in the preseason while some players are still trying to make the team.
The total opened at 38.5 and, so far, has stayed stagnant. The spread, however, opened at -2.5 in favor of Tennessee, but has since dropped to -2 since the Vikings have yet to lose a game this preseason, SU or ATS, including the Hall of Fame game.
Tennessee, on the other hand, has dropped two of three both SU and ATS, and eight of their last nine ATS going back to last year. Statistically, Minnesota has the edge in every facet of the game this preseason with home field the Titans’ only real edge.
Of course, Minnesota has won its only true road game this preseason.
After a very impressive preseason, Teddy Bridgewater will sit for the Vikings, leaving Taylor Heinicke and Mike Kafka with the chance to make a good impression. Shaun Hill, Bridgewater’s backup, will likely get some snaps, too, though he’s pretty well cemented in the backup role.
Hill has only made 34 pass attempts this preseason, with 25 completions and 236 yards. He’s allowed two interceptions, but thrown for three touchdowns. Heinicke is 30-of-41 for 237 yards and an interception while Kafka has done very well in limited chances against lower level competition, going 9-for 13 with 75 yards and a touchdown.
In Tennessee, Ken Whisenhunt hasn’t ruled out the chance a few starters take the field as he wasn’t happy with what he saw in Week 3. Still, Marcus Mariota isn’t expected to be one of them, leaving us to enjoy Charlie Whitehurst who is just 8-for-9 this preseason with an interception.
Zach Mettenberger is also likely to get a good chunk of time. The backup has completed 58.1% of his passes for 258 yards this preseason and two touchdowns along with one interception.
Neither coach is likely to be too motivated for Week 4, which is often a chance for depth players to see time as health is more important than anything else.
Even so, Whisenhunt has a bit more pressure following a very disappointing Week 3 and may actually use this game to see a few starters fix issues that arose last week.
Mike Zimmer, meanwhile, has shown all he needs to with four wins, helping excite a fan base that had to deal with a number of setbacks and off-the-field stories in Zimmer’s inaugural season at the helm.
QUOTE TO NOTE
Coach Whisenhunt was asked about his philosophy coaching the fourth preseason game he responded, saying:
“It’s a very fluid one. I think some of it depends on your team and what you feel like you need to do, and where you are from an injury perspective. I would say certainly some of our guys earned an opportunity to play in the fourth game [in Week 3], and I don’t mean that in a positive way.”
POSITION BATTLE TO WATCH
The wide receiver situation remains a bit uncertain in Tennessee. Kendall Wright is the main guy, but Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks have each showed off in a game, though neither did much in Week 3 against Kansas City.
Mariota likely won’t get much chance to throw to either of them, but each may see some time along with others like Dorial Green-Beckham. Someone other than Wright and tight-ends like Chase Coffman need to step up in the passing attack.
They’ll get a chance thanks to a few injuries.
A number of players will be sidelined for this game for both teams. For the Titans, they’ll be without Akeem Ayers, Zaviar Gooden, Sammie lee Hill, Marc Mariani, Kevin Walters and Kendall Wright.
Minnesota will sit Christian Ballard, Greg Childs, Jerome Felton and Kevin Williams. The defensive line is banged up and may also be without Sharrif Floyd, perhaps opening a window for the Titans’ offense.
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION
Injuries to the defensive line are a concern, but otherwise, the Vikings are the better team, even without Bridgewater under center.
Minnesota will be out to score a perfect preseason and have already shown they can put up wins with their depth players on the field. For the Titans, they may have more motivation given their struggles in Week 3, but without some of their better offensive weapons, I don’t see them pulling out the win.
Minnesota 21, Tennessee 20
BookMaker opened the spread for this Sunday game at -2.5 in favor of the Titans. The NFL online odds total surfaced at 38.5. Minute-by-minute spreads, totals and props are available for this game using the live betting platform at BookMaker.
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