Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1 p.m. ET

Panthers at Vikings Betting Preview: Panthers (+4.5/+110), Vikings (-4.5/-110)

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers (4-7) snapped a five-game losing streak with a blanking of Detroit last week, marking the first shutout for Carolina in five years. Teddy Bridgewater, a former first-round draft pick for the Vikings, could be back in action after missing a game for the first time this season with a knee injury.

P.J Walker filled in at quarterback, throwing his first NFL touchdown pass, though he was picked off twice in the end zone. Carolina likely will be without running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) again. The Panthers seemed motivated on defense, particularly after a miserable outing a week earlier against Tampa Bay.

Whether they maintain that type of anger channeled in the right direction could be a factor in how they perform in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings (4-6) seemed to have wasted some of the good work of a three-game winning streak by losing at home to struggling Dallas. Getting back on track against the Panthers is almost essential in order to salvage the season. Most of the issues of concern came on the defensive side for the Vikings, whose youth showed up with numerous breakdowns against the Cowboys.

Carolina has some fill-ins at work on offense, but it’s the only NFL team with two receivers (DJ Moore and Robby Anderson) with more than 800 receiving yards. The Vikings generally put up enough points to get things done. Dalvin Cook has gone above the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second season in a row.

There are questions about the availability of receiver Adam Thielen, whose 11 touchdown catches reflect more than half of the team’s total of 20. Thielen went on the Reserve/COVID-19 list at the beginning of the week but has since tested negative.

Panthers at Vikings Betting Pick for Week 12

The Vikings seem due for another “prove-it” situation and so they should be determined after a performance riddled with mistakes. An overriding storyline for the game will be the status of Bridgewater, who is expected to be back on the field after a one-week absence with a knee injury.

Bridgewater is a former first-round draft choice and starter with the Vikings, so he figures to be well-motivated as well.

Panthers at Vikings Betting Pick: Vikings 28, Panthers 23

Panthers at Vikings Best Bet for Week 12

The Vikings tend to reach the 28-point mark with regularity and so that might make the accomplishments of Carolina’s defense turn into a one-week blip. Minnesota has plenty of offensive weapons.

If the Panthers have Bridgewater back, they should be capable of doing some good work on offense, especially if the Vikings haven’t gotten things fixed on defense.

Panthers at Vikings Best Bet: OVER 48.5 total points (-110)

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, 4:25 p.m. ET

Cowboys at Vikings Betting Preview: Cowboys (+7/-105), Vikings (-7/-115)

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys (2-7) have endured a miserable season, punctuated by the loss of injured quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle), and many of the franchise’s fans have started to think about a high pick in the draft and how it could bolster the franchise going forward. However, seven games remain in the schedule, and the Cowboys are far from eliminated in an NFC East division race that resembles more of a crawl.

Dallas expects to welcome back quarterback Andy Dalton, who missed the past two games as he went through concussion and COVID-19 protocols. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard provide a strong 1-2 punch on the ground, and wideout CeeDee Lamb (44 receptions) needs three more catches to set the franchise record for a rookie.

The Cowboys must find a way to contain the Vikings’ well-balanced offense, which is led by dynamic running back Dalvin Cook. That could be a tall task unless the offense is able to put together long drives and prevent the Dallas defense from spending most of the game on the field.

Minnesota Vikings

Don’t look now, but the Vikings are heating up and could make a second-half run at the postseason. Minnesota started the season 1-5 with a bevy of problems, but since then the Vikings have reeled off three straight wins and have a chance to climb back to .500 with a win Sunday.

Cook leads the NFL in rushing yards (954) and rushing touchdowns (12), and wide receiver Adam Thielen is tied for the NFL lead with nine touchdown receptions. The weak link in the early going had been quarterback Kirk Cousins, but he turned in a much better performance one week ago as he spearheaded a Monday night victory over the Chicago Bears.

On defense, Minnesota also has shown signs of improvement. The Vikings’ last two games have marked their lowest opponent scoring totals of the season.

Cowboys at Vikings Betting Pick for Week 11

Minnesota is brimming with confidence as it returns home to face an injury-ravaged Cowboys team. Yes, the Vikings will be on short rest, but winning is contagious and the team should find a way to keep its success going against a Dallas team that is half-focused on this season and half-focused on gearing up for 2021.

Cowboys at Vikings Betting Pick: Vikings 27, Cowboys 17

Cowboys at Vikings Best Bet for Week 11

Those who bet on the under in the Vikings-Bears contest came away with a profit last week, and it stands to reason that the under will pay off once again in Week 11. Dalton has missed multiple weeks and never showed rhythm even when he was at full health for Dallas.

Minnesota will rely on its bread-and-butter approach of putting the ball in Cook’s hands and looking for timely throws down the field. This could be another matchup in which the Vikings prioritize a victory over style points.

Cowboys at Vikings Best Bet: UNDER 48 points (-110)

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Betting Preview

Monday, November 16, 2020, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:15 p.m. ET

Vikings at Bears Betting Preview: Vikings (-2.5/-120), Bears (+2.5/-102)

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings (3-5) have looked like a different team the past two weeks, when they have posted back-to-back wins over the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. Running back Dalvin Cook is the type of player whom opposing coaches refer to as a “game wrecker” because of his ability to change momentum on a single play.

How good has Cook been? Well, he rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns last week, which followed a four-touchdown performance (three rushing, one receiving) a week earlier. Cook has 858 rushing yards, tops in the NFL through Week 9. His 12 rushing touchdowns are one shy of his career high, set last year.

Minnesota is not as reliable on defense, having allowed 40-plus points twice this season. However, the Vikings are trending in the right direction in that category, as well, as they are coming off a week in which they gave up a season-low 20 points to Detroit.

Chicago Bears

The Bears (5-4) are sliding, and questions are swirling about whether head coach Matt Nagy will give up play-calling duties this week. Nagy admitted that it is a possibility but indicated that he will not tell media members before the game whether he has taken himself out of the equation.

At this point, the Bears might be wise to try something different to shake up the offense. The team has lost three games in a row, and an injury-riddled offensive line has struggled badly to provide protection for veteran quarterback Nick Foles. Nagy’s playbook is complex, and his plays often require time for the quarterback to diagnose coverages and make reads down the field, and Foles simply is not getting enough time in the pocket to achieve that task.

That said, it is not all doom and gloom for Chicago. The Bears boast a top-tier defense with a superstar leader, linebacker Khalil Mack. If the offense can limit mistakes and put a couple touchdowns on the board, the defense is more than capable of doing its part.

Vikings at Bears Betting Pick for Week 10

These two teams know each other well, and division rivalries such as this one tend to produce close, low-scoring games. For reference, look no further than last season, when the Bears beat the Vikings 16-6 in Chicago and 21-19 in Minneapolis. Offensive barnburners, they were not.

Cook is electric, but he has averaged only 2.5 yards per carry against the Bears in his career. Still, it is hard to argue that Chicago’s anemic offense can find a way to outscore Minnesota. Could this game finally mark the end of Kirk Cousins’ 0-9 drought on “Monday Night Football”?

Vikings at Bears Betting Pick:

Vikings 20, Bears 16

Vikings at Bears Best Bet for Week 10

Both teams are desperate for a victory, and the Bears figure to play inspired defense at home in front of a national TV audience. But it ultimately might not matter whether Nagy or an assistant coach calls Chicago’s plays. Without a dependable offensive line, the plays could break down regardless, leading to another low-scoring affair.

Vikings at Bears Best Bet: UNDER 43.5 total points (-110)