Minnesota Vikings vs Houston Texans Prediction, 10/4/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 4
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs Houston Texans
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston +1
Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings (0-3) travel to NRG Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on the Houston Texans (0-3). Houston opens this game as 1-point dogs. The O/U opens at 49.5.
The Minnesota Vikings head into this game 0-3 for this season. In their last outing they played the Tennessee Titans and took the loss by a score of 31-30. Kirk Cousins went 16/27 with 251 yards through the air and tossed 3 touchdowns. He threw 2 picks in the game. Dalvin Cook led the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 39 yards and he notched 1 TD for the game. He ran for 181 yards via 22 carries which had him averaging 8.2 yards per run. Justin Jefferson was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 175 yards on 7 catches. He notched an average of 25 yards per catch during the game. The Minnesota Vikings ran the ball a total of 33 times and earned a total of 226 yards which earned them an average of 6.8 yards per rush. In the game, they ran 62 plays which gave them a total of 464 yards. For the game, the Vikings racked up 22 first downs and they totaled 3 penalties for 20 yards. When discussing the defense, Minnesota gave up 23 completions on 37 tries for a total of 310 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.0%. Against the run, the Vikings gave up 134 yards on 35 tries which gave them an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For this contest, they allowed a total of 444 yards and earned 1 turnover.
The Vikings have tallied 1,021 total yards for the season. Offensively they maintain an average of 146.7 yards on the ground which is 8th in the National Football League. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Minnesota has compiled 5 touchdowns through the air and 4 rushing touchdowns. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Minnesota Vikings have an average of 25 points per game. The Vikings rank 31st in the league when it comes to team defense, conceding 34 points per game. They are giving up 4.1 yards per rushing attempt and 147.7 yards on the ground per game for the year. In total, they have conceded 443 rushing yards through 3 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Vikings have allowed 877 yards which has them ranked 30th in the NFL. In their 3 games played, they have relinquished 292.3 yards per outing via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 69.8%. In total, they have relinquished 440 yards per contest which ranks them 30th in the NFL.
The Texans step onto the field holding a record of 0-3 this season. In their last outing they played the Pittsburgh Steelers and took the loss by a score of 28-21. David Johnson led the team in rushing during the game. He broke a long run for 5 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the game. He rushed for 23 yards on 13 carries which means he ran for an average of 1.8 yards per carry. Randall Cobb was the receiving yardage leader by earning 95 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 23.8 yards per reception during the game. Deshaun Watson went 19/27 with 264 yards through the air and added 2 TD's. He tossed 1 pick on the day. The Houston Texans ended up rushing 15 times and earned a total of 29 yards which earned them an average of 1.9 yards per attempt. For the game, the Texans racked up a total of 13 1st downs and they had 4 infractions for 49 yards. Overall, they totaled 47 plays which added up to 260 yards. When discussing the defense, Houston allowed 23 completions on 36 tries totaling 218 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.0%. In the game, they conceded a total of 387 yards but didn't get any takeaways. Against the run, the Texans allowed 169 yards on 38 attempts which is an average of 4.4 yards per run allowed.
Concerning putting points on the board, the Texans rank 28th in football holding an average of 19.0 points per outing. For the season thus far, the Texans have compiled 726 passing yards along with an average of 242 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 19th in the NFL. They average 66 yards per game via the ground game and have run for 198 yards for the year. The Houston Texans average 308 yards per contest ranking them 28th in the league. In terms of passing yardage, the Texans have conceded 598 yards which has them ranked 3rd in the NFL. Overall, they have allowed 387.7 yards/game which has them sitting 23rd in the National Football League. The Texans are ranked 29th in the NFL in terms of team defense, conceding 31.7 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.2 yards per run and 188.3 yards on the ground per contest this season. In their 3 games, they have allowed 199.3 yards per game via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 70.7%. For the season, they have given up 565 rushing yards through 3 games.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Texans NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Vikings -1
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