Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/30/2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Nissan Stadium is the venue for the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Tennessee as 1 point favorites. The total has been set at 35.5. The Titans were 9-8-1 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 10-8-0. The Vikings were 11-7-0 ATS and their over/under record was 9-9-0.
Valuable Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
The Minnesota Vikings were 9-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Minnesota Vikings were 11-7-0 against the spread last year
Important Tennessee Titans Betting Trends
The Tennessee Titans were 10-8-0 against the over/under last season
The Tennessee Titans were 9-8-1 against the spread last year
Key Minnesota Vikings Injuries
08/10/18 C Nick Easton Neck IR
08/03/18 LB Kentrell Brothers Suspension 4- game suspension (elgible to return 10/7 vs Philadelphia)
08/03/18 T Mike Remmers Ankle is questionable Sunday vs San Francisco
08/03/18 C Pat Elflein Ankle PUP
Key Tennessee Titans Injuries
08/24/18 TE Delanie Walker Toe is questionable Sunday vs Miami
08/24/18 LB Derrick Morgan Knee is questionable Sunday vs Miami
08/10/18 LB Nate Palmer Leg IR
08/03/18 T Jack Conklin ACL PUP
08/03/18 CB Tye Smith Undisclosed IR
08/02/18 S Johnathan Cyprien ACL IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Minnesota Vikings ran for 1,957 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 7th in the league. They ran 501 times, averaging 3.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Vikings were penalized on offense 100 times for 949 yards last season, which had them 22nd in the NFL in penalties. They were 10th in the National Football League in points scored with 382. They ran 1,055 plays last year for 5,710 yards, which ranked them 11th in the NFL in total offense. The Vikings averaged 5.4 yards per play, which was 13th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 334 1st downs last season, ranking them 6th overall as an offensive unit. Kirk Cousins completed 347 throws while attempting 540 passes for a completion percentage of 64.3% last year. He passed for 4,093 yards. He averaged 11.8 yards per completion and 7.6 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 93.9.
The Vikings rush defense gave up 364 attempts for 1,337 yards last season, putting them in 2nd place in the NFL against the run. They had 105 penalties for 928 yards on defense last year. That placed them 20th in the league. They allowed a score on 27.9% of possessions on defense, which was 3rd in the NFL. Minnesota was 1st in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 252. They gave up a total of 4,415 yards on D, which was 1st in the league. The Vikings were 2nd in yards per play allowed with 4.6. Their pass defense allowed 5.2 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 2nd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 324 throws on 555 attempts against the Minnesota Vikings defense last season, ranking them 7th and 19th in the league. The Minnesota pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,078 yards in the air, which was 2nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Minnesota Vikings tried 38 field goals last season and made 32, which was 9th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 84.2%. Minnesota Vikings kickers made 87% of their extra points, going 34 for 39 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,995 yards on 71 punts, averaging 42.2 yards per punt. That ranked them 32nd in the NFL in punting average. Minnesota was 6th in the NFL in punt returns with 39 last year. They totaled 372 punt return yards and averaged 9.5 yards per return, which was 7th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 46 yards. They returned 25 kicks for 619 yards on special teams, placing them 21st in kick return yardage. The Vikings averaged 24.8 yards per kick return and had a long of 39 yards last season. They were 8th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,877.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Tennessee Titans were 19th in the NFL in points scored with 334 last season. They ran 974 plays last year for 5,024 yards, which ranked them 23rd in the league in total offense. The Titans averaged 5.2 yards per play, which was 17th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 290 1st downs last year, placing them 23rd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Tennessee ran for 1,833 yards as a team, which ranked 15th in the NFL. They ran 443 times last year, averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Titans were penalized on offense 85 times for 785 yards last season, which had them 31st in the league in penalties. Marcus Mariota threw for 3,232 yards last season. He completed 281 passes on 453 attempts for a completion percentage of 62%. His quarterback rating last year was 79.3. He averaged 7.1 yards per pass attempt and 11.5 yards per completion.
Tennessee was 17th in the league in points allowed on defense with 356 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,248 yards on D, which was 13th in the NFL. The Titans were ranked 8th in yards per play allowed with 5. Their pass defense gave up 5.9 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 12th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 369 passes on 605 attempts against the Tennessee defense last season, placing them 29th and 32nd in the National Football League. The Tennessee Titans pass defense also gave up a total of 3,828 yards through the air, which was 25th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 398 attempts for 1,420 yards last year, putting them in 4th place in the league against the run. The Titans committed 119 penalties for 942 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 22nd in the NFL. They gave up a score on 37.3% of possessions on defense, which was 26th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Tennessee was ranked 12th in the league in punt returns last season with 36. They accumulated 305 punt return yards and averaged 8.5 yards per return, which was 16th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 46 yards. They returned 28 kicks for 618 yards on special teams, ranking 22nd in kick return yardage. The Titans averaged 22.1 yards per kick return and had a long of 57 yards last year. They were 27th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,150. The Tennessee Titans attempted 42 field goals last season and made 35, which was 6th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 83.3%. Tennessee kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 31 for 33 last year. Their punters totaled 3,729 yards on 75 punts, averaging 49.7 yards per punt. That placed them 1st in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Titans NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Titans -1
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