Minnesota Vikings vs Los Angeles Chargers Picks, Odds, Week 15 Predictions 12/15/2019
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA
Odds/Point Spread: LA +3
Dignity Health Sports Park is the venue where Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers will take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Los Angeles opens this contest as 3-point underdogs. The total opens at 46. The Vikings are 9-4-0 ATS and 7-6-0 when betting on the total. The Chargers are 5-8-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-8-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Minnesota Vikings faced the Detroit Lions and earned the win by a score of 20-7. Leading the way at QB for the Vikings was Kirk Cousins who went 24/30 with 242 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Dalvin Cook led the team on the ground in the game. He had a long run of 9 yards and he tallied 1 TD in the game. He ran for 62 yards on 18 carries which meant he was running for 3.4 yards per tote. Stefon Diggs was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 92 yards on 6 catches. He notched an average of 15.3 yards per catch in the game. The Minnesota Vikings ran the ball 39 times and racked up 120 yards giving them an average of 3.1 yards per rush. On the day, the Vikings racked up a total of 22 first downs and they had a total of 8 penalties for 55 yards. For the game, they finished with a total of 70 plays which added up to 354 yards. When discussing the defense, Minnesota allowed 24 completions on 40 throws for a total of 161 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.0%. For the game, they allowed a total of 231 yards and earned 2 takeaways. Against the run, the Vikings allowed 70 yards on 22 runs which means they had an average of 3.2 yards per run allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the NFL pick ATS from Tony Sink on the Colts vs Saints game.
Vikings Rise to 9-4 After Win
The Vikings head into this matchup 9-4 for the 2019 season. They are a team that has the capability to score points in the division and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup. For total yards, they currently sit at 7th in the conference and 11th in the NFL with 4,873 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Vikings have compiled a total of 24 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing TDs. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the league averaging 26 points per game, which has them at 7th in the NFL. As a unit, they have an average of 136 yards on the ground per game which is 3rd in the conference.
The Vikings have one of the best defenses in the league, giving up 19.2 points per contest putting them 3rd in the NFC. When it comes to yards through the air, the Vikings have allowed 3,076 yards. Opponents are completing 64.7% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.9 yards per attempt. They have conceded 22 passing touchdowns and 5 rushing TDs. In terms of rushing yards, Minnesota is allowing 101.8 yards per contest which has them at 2nd in the division and 11th in the league. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.2 yards per carry ranking them 8th in the NFC and 16th in the NFL overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,765 rushing yards through 13 contests.
The last time they took the field, the Los Angeles Chargers played the Jacksonville Jaguars and won by a score of 45-10. Austin Ekeler led the team on the ground in the game. His longest run of the day went for 35 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for 101 yards on 8 carries which means he ran for an average of 12.6 yards per carry. Austin Ekeler was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 112 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 28.0 yards per catch in the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Chargers was Philip Rivers who went 16/22 with 314 yards passing and tossed 3 touchdowns. He walked away with no picks. The Los Angeles Chargers ran the ball a total of 30 times and added 195 yards giving them an average of 6.5 yards per rush. On the day, they totaled 58 plays for a total of 525 yards. Overall, the Chargers got 27 1st downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 65 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Los Angeles gave up 25 completions on 38 attempts totaling 164 yards, and a completion percentage of 66.0%. Overall, they allowed 252 yards but didn't add to their total of forced turnovers. On the ground, the Chargers gave up 88 yards on 23 runs which is an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Tony Sink has a NFL prediction for the contest between the Jets and Ravens.
Chargers Improve to 5-8 After Win
The Chargers head into this game 5-8. In discussing the offensive production, the Chargers have one of the middle tier offenses in the NFL. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Chargers currently sit at 2nd in the AFC West and 18th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 22.2 points per game. Los Angeles hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 97 rushing yards per game, ranking them 22nd among NFL teams. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,264 yards rushing through 13 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Chargers average 376 yards per contest overall ranking them 10th in the league and 4th among AFC teams.
The Chargers are allowing 19.3 points per game ranking them 1st in the AFC West and 8th in the NFL. In terms of points given up, they have given up 251 points in total. In terms of yards rushing, they are allowing 108 yards per contest ranking them 17th in the NFL and 2nd in the AFC West. For the 2019 season, they have given up a total of 1,407 rushing yards and 9 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the elite groups among NFL teams. They are conceding 197 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Chargers are ranked 3rd in the AFC. They have conceded 18 passing TDs for this season.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Chargers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Vikings -3
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