Sunday, September 27, 2020, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1 p.m. ET
Titans at Vikings Betting Preview: Titans (-2.5/-138), Vikings (+2.5/+118)
The Titans are riding high and sit atop the AFC South division after the season’s first two weeks. Tennessee is coming off a two-point win over the Denver Broncos and a three-point win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.
Now Tennessee heads north to try to maintain its status as one of the NFL’s unbeaten teams. Tennessee is averaging 24.5 points per game while giving up an average of 22.0 per contest.
Ryan Tannehill has been very good at quarterback for the Titans, and his greatest asset might be his ability to avoid killer mistakes. Tannehill has thrown for six touchdowns and zero interceptions while posting a stellar 120.7 passer rating.
Derrick Henry is by far the No. 1 threat to the Vikings’ defense. Henry has amassed 215 yards from scrimmage in two weeks, while Corey Davis is next with 137 yards from scrimmage, all of which have come through the air.
Minnesota entered the season with high hopes, but it is staring at the possibility of an 0-3 start if it does not find a way to beat the Titans at home this weekend. Look for a desperate Vikings squad because the difference between 1-2 and 0-3 is huge in the standings.
Minnesota is averaging 22.5 points per game on offense, but it is giving up a whopping 35.5 points per contest. Although the Titans are not a high-scoring powerhouse, the Vikings have to do a better job on defense in order to give the rest of the team a chance at the victory.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins also has to be better after throwing for two touchdowns and four interceptions through the first couple of weeks. Adam Thielen has caught both touchdowns and leads the team with 141 receiving yards, while Dalvin Cook has 113 yards on the ground but has yet to make a difference in terms of pass catching out of the backfield.
Titans at Vikings Betting Pick for Week 3
Yes, the Vikings have stumbled to an 0-2 start and looked at times like one of the worst teams in the NFL, but they still have a roster filled with talented veterans. Look for Minnesota to right the ship at home against a team with some question marks.
Minnesota needs to sharpen its defense, and that will start by taking away the run against Henry and the Titans. If the Vikings can accomplish that and limit Tennessee to fewer than 20 points, then they have the weapons on offense to do the rest.
By no means is this a slam dunk because the Vikings have been a tough team to watch so far this season, but look for the home underdogs to at least cover the spread.
Titans at Vikings Betting Pick:
Vikings 23, Titans 20
Titans at Vikings Best Bet for Week 3
Minnesota will spend all week in practice looking for ways to tighten up its defense. Look for the Vikings to put forth a better effort at home as they aim to limit Tennessee’s trips to the red zone.
A good way to accomplish this is by controlling time of possession, and Cook has more than enough ability to help the Vikings chew up some clock on offense.
Titans at Vikings Best Bet: UNDER 48.5 (+100)