Atlanta Falcons vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, 10/18/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 6
Game: Atlanta Falcons vs Minnesota Vikings
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -6.5
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons (0-5) are headed to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday where they'll meet the Minnesota Vikings (1-4). Minnesota opens this matchup as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 54.5.
The Atlanta Falcons come into this matchup with a record of 0-5 for this season. In their last outing they took on the Carolina Panthers and ended up taking the loss by a score of 23-16. Matt Ryan went 21/37 with 226 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He walked away with 1 interception in the game. Todd Gurley II led the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 35 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He rushed for 121 yards on 14 carries which meant he was running for 8.6 yards per carry. Calvin Ridley was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 136 yards on 8 catches. He earned an average of 17.0 yards per catch during the game. The Atlanta Falcons ended up rushing 25 times and racked up a total of 166 yards earning them an average of 6.6 yards per run. In all, they ran 64 plays which added up to 369 yards. On the day, the Falcons got 21 first downs and they had 3 penalties for 40 yards. In terms of defense, Atlanta allowed 27 completions on 37 attempts totaling 313 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.0%. In the running game, the Falcons allowed 124 yards on 27 carries which gave them an average of 4.6 yards per attempt allowed. On the day, they gave up a total of 437 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Atlanta Falcons are averaging 24.4 points per contest. As a team they hold an average of 114.6 yards in the run game ranking them 17th in the National Football League. The Falcons have earned 1,953 total yards for the year. With reference to getting in the endzone, Atlanta has amassed 7 touchdowns through the air and 6 touchdowns via the ground. The Falcons are sitting in 31st in the National Football League in terms of team defense, allowing 32.2 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per run and 110.2 rushing yards per contest for the year. In total, they have given up 551 yards via the running game in 5 games. When talking about passing yardage, the Falcons have surrendered 1,679 yards which ranks them 31st in the league. During their 5 games played this season, they have allowed 335.8 yards per outing via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 72.2%. Over the course of this season, they are conceding 446.0 yards per contest which has them ranked 31st in football.
The Vikings head into this game 1-4 this season. In their last game they faced the Seattle Seahawks and took the loss by a score of 27-26. Alexander Mattison led the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 25 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for 112 yards via 20 carries which gave him an average of 5.6 yards per run. Adam Thielen was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 80 yards on 9 receptions. He averaged 8.9 yards per catch for that game. Kirk Cousins went 27/39 with 249 yards passing and added 2 TD's. He threw 1 pick in the game. The Minnesota Vikings ran the football 41 times and generated 201 yards which had them averaging 4.9 yards per rush. Overall, the Vikings racked up 31 first downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 55 yards. For the game, they ran 83 plays for 449 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Minnesota allowed 20 catches on 32 attempts totaling 190 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.0%. In the game, they gave up 314 yards and forced 1 takeaway. On the ground, the Vikings allowed 124 yards on 16 runs which is an average of 7.8 yards per run allowed.
Over the course of the season thus far, the Vikings have thrown for a total of 1,077 yards through the air in addition to an average of 215.4 passing yards per outing, which has them ranked 25th in the league. The Minnesota Vikings maintain an average of 376.0 yards per game which is good for 17th in football. They hold an average of 160.6 yards per game via the rush and have rushed for 803 yards overall. When discussing the points being put on the board, the Vikings are ranked 15th in the NFL by tallying 26.4 points per game. Regarding yards through the air, the Vikings have conceded 1,357 yards which has them sitting in 27th in the league. In total, they have relinquished 404.0 yards per outing which ranks them 26th in football. The Vikings sit in 28th in the NFL in relation to team defense, allowing 30.4 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.5 yards per rush and 132.6 yards on the ground per game for the year. Over the course of their 5 games played this season, they are giving up 271.4 yards per game via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 66.7%. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 663 rushing yards through 5 games.
Who will win tonight's Falcons/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Vikings -6.5
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