Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee Titans 9/27/20: Betting Odds, Depth Chart, Live Stream (Watch Online)
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Date: Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: U.S Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV Coverage: CBS
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Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr (IR, pectoral), Cameron Dantzler (questionable, ribs), Mike Boone (questionable, concussion), Danielle Hunter (out, neck)
Tennessee Titans: A.J Brown (questionable, knee), Darrynton Evans (questionable, hamstring), Derick Roberson (questionable, knee), Jamal Douglas (questionable, hand), Vic Beasley (questionable, knee), Jonathan Joseph (questionable, leg)
Minnesota Vikings Analysis
The Minnesota Vikings are currently winless in this season of the NFL through two weeks of play. They have suffered a solid effort loss against the Green Bay Packers and a loss to the Indianapolis Colts stemmed from brutal offensive play from the Vikings. Certainly, the Vikings have come into this season with a top ten defense and a solid offense on paper, but the loss of Stefon Diggs has clearly hurt their ability to spread the wealth in the passing game. They look to gain their first win of the season in week three at home versus the Colts.
Kirk Cousins came off a hot first week against the Packers, but last week had one of his worst statistical performances against the Colts. He threw 11/26 for 113 yards and three interceptions. Cousins made some very poor deep ball decisions that caused multiple turnovers. Plus, his inability to convert many first downs for the Vikings was frightening to watch since they only had 12 total in the entire game. Kirk will need to play better in week three with a solid opportunity against a Colts defense that has not been very strong this season.
Certainly, one positive to take away from the Vikings season is the great run game lead by Dalvin Cook. He rushed for 63 yards and an impressive juke-filled goal-line touchdown to score the only touchdown for the Vikings in the entire game. He was the only offensive weapon on the Vikings that looked good, giving the Vikings some offensive help in this lackluster game. He will look to have another strong game against the Titans who have let up a healthy amount of offense from opposing running backs.
While Kirk and the Vikings offense certainly hurt the Vikings chances of beating the Colts last week, the special teams looked seriously poor last week. The punt return team set up the Vikings on the one-yard line in the first half, causing a safety and an immediate field goal afterward. Plus, the punter for the Vikings had a short punt from within the five to set up the Colts for an easy score. Those small special teams errors certainly hurt the Vikings’ ability to contain the Colts on offense.
Speaking of the defense, outside of the contributing factors of terrible offense and lack of special teams support, the defense held their own against the Colts. While 28 points is a lot to give up to a Colts’ offense, the defense let up mostly field goals considering the Colts only had two touchdowns. The Vikings defense barely had time to breathe or process the Colts’ field position throughout the game. They should be able to contain the Titans if their offense can perform, but their injuries are also becoming a concern on the defensive side.
Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
Tennessee Titans Analysis
The Titans are coming off their second win of the season after beating the Jaguars last week and the Broncos in week one. The Titans have been playing solid on offense, but they have been barely winning against two very below-average teams in the NFL. Ryan Tannehill is grateful for the number of offensive threats he has with tight ends Jonnu Smith, Adam Humphries, and wide receiver Corey Davis. If A.J Brown is healthy for week three the Titans will have many threats for Tannehill to connect to in week three.
Ryan Tannehill has certainly taken advantage of the lackadaisical defenses he has played against to put up healthy numbers for his team. Last week he had 273 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. With Henry in the backfield as the most intimidating offensive threat, Tannehill has the ability to shock teams in the passing games. He has been very accurate and smart in the first two weeks which should be a concern for the Viking defense.
In the run game, Derrick Henry has been scoreless this season but the reason is that the Titans have been using him as a strong decoy in their play-action offense. The Titans have become confident with passing on the goal-line which surprises defenses when they have Henry in the background. He is an optimal threat for the Titans and they are using him well. The Vikings defense will still pose a threat for the run and pass games in week three, but the threat of Derrick Henry will help both pass and run games.
The defense has been a concern for the Titans throughout the first two weeks. Last week, they allowed 30 points to the Jaguars’ offense and allowed Gardner Minshew to throw the ball right at their corners. The secondary will need to step up their game in week three especially since Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson will be large threats behind Dalvin Cook. But, if the defensive line can put pressure on Kirk Cousins they will be a large concern for the Vikings’ offense.
Tennessee Titans Depth Chart
Betting Corner Vikings +107
Spread: Titans -2.5
Moneyline: Vikings +107
While the Titans have been a solid team thus far in the NFL season, their only wins are close games against below-average teams. I think the Vikings are due for a win and the Titans are due for a loss. The spread might be more comfortable if betting on the Vikings, but it does not add much comfort with it only being 2.5 points.
For this game, I would certainly bet the under. The Titans only scored 33 points against a below-average Jaguars’ defense and last week the Vikings scored only 11 points. I think with how well both of these defenses could be against each other, I would consider betting the under for this game.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
For this week, I would not start Kirk Cousins in daily fantasy lineups. Kirk has the ability to be a solid quarterback, but last week’s performance is majorly concerning his fantasy ability. Keep him on a watchlist for the following weeks, but I would steer clear of him for week three.
Dalvin Cook remains a strong fantasy asset considering his team’s struggles to produce in the passing game. He is seriously athletic and perseveres through his team’s offensive struggles. Plus, he will always be guaranteed many carries, which hardly any NFL running back is guaranteed anymore.
Adam Thielen did not have a strong fantasy outing in week two, but that statement would be false for his week one performance. I cannot see Kirk playing any worse than he did last week, so I think Adam Thielen would be valuable to start in daily fantasy leagues this week as the Vikings’ offense looks for redemption.
While the Titans are using Derrick Henry very strategically, he will always be worth the draft in daily fantasy with the inordinate amount of touches he receives in the Titan offense. He is bound to reach the endzone any game now, and you will want to have him in your lineup when he does.
Jonnu Smith is the perfect daily fantasy pickup because he has the hot hand in the receiving game for the Titans. If A.J Brown returns for week three, his targets may see a dip, but he is a solid red-zone player for the Titans when they decide to pass. I would start him as he continues to be hot in the passing game.