Minnesota Vikings vs Las Vegas Raiders Prediction, 8/14/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 1
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs Las Vegas Raiders
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2022
Location: Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, NV
TV: NFL League Pass/NFL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Raiders (-2.5)
The Las Vegas Raiders (10-7 last year) will go up against the Minnesota Vikings (8-9 last season) at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday. Las Vegas opens this game as 2.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total has been set at 33.5.
The Minnesota Vikings ended the season having earned a 8-9 mark. In their last game of last year, the Vikings faced the Bears and went home with a win by a final score of 31-17. Kirk Cousins connected on 14/22 with 250 yards through the air and 3 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 142 and finished the contest with no interceptions. Dalvin Cook was the rushing leader for the Vikings with 14 attempts for 79 yards (5.6 yards per carry). Justin Jefferson held an average of 21.4 yds per catch by accounting for 107 yds on 5 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ran the football 22 different times and totaled 104 yards, which earned them an average of 4.7 yards per attempt. Once the final whistle blew, they had 47 plays for 331 yds. Minnesota surrendered 33 completions on 48 tries for 266 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.8%. On the ground, the Vikings gave up 90 yards on 25 tries, which is 3.6 yards per run surrendered.
The Vikings earned 6,168 total yards over the course of last year. Minnesota earned 202 1st downs as a team, and they were called for 111 infractions for 1043 yards. Minnesota totaled 34 touchdowns via the pass and 10 rushing touchdowns. They gave the ball to the opposition 13 different times (7 interceptions and 6 fumbles lost). As a unit they averaged 113.5 yards in the run game, which ranked them 17th in the league. When talking about putting points on the board, the Minnesota Vikings had an average of 25.0 PPG.
When talking about yards through the air, the Vikings allowed 4,300 yards which had them ranked 28th in the National Football League. Over the course of their 17 games played, they yielded 252.9 yards per game through the air and surrendering a completion percentage of 64.1%. They gave up 383.6 yards/outing ranking them 30th in the league. They conceded 29 touchdowns via the pass and 15 running touchdowns. They gave up an average of 4.7 yards per tote and 130.7 rushing yards per contest last season. In total, they gave up 2,222 yards on the ground in 17 games. The Vikings were sitting in 24th in the NFL in relation to their opponents scoring, conceding 25.1 points per contest.
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The Raiders ended the year with a 10-7 record. The last time they took the field last season, the Raiders walked away with a loss by a score of 26-19 against the Bengals. Derek Carr (1 TD) finished the game with 310 yards on 29/54 through the air while his QB rating was 69.2. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.74 yards. Hunter Renfrow was one of the featured targets for the Raiders, snagging 8 footballs for 58 yds (7.3 yards per catch). Josh Jacobs ran the ball 13 times for 83 yds, ending the game with 6.4 yards per carry for Las Vegas. The Raiders finished the game with 385 yards and they ran 71 plays (5.4 yds per play). Las Vegas ended up running for 7.4 yds per attempt, totaling 103 yards on 14 carries. Las Vegas surrendered 25 rushing attempts for 83 yards (3.3 yds per carry). The Raiders pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 70.6%, relinquishing 225 yards on 24 out of 34 through the air.
The Las Vegas Raiders had an average of 363.8 yards/contest which ranked them 11th out of all teams in the league. They maintained an average of 95.1 run yards per game and toted the ball for 1,617 yards for the year. The Las Vegas offense compiled 1,104 penalty yds on 124 infractions, which had them ranked 2nd in the league in terms of helping out the other team. They threw 14 picks while conceding 10 fumbles and they obtained 217 first downs. Last year, the Raiders had a total of 4,567 yards through the air as well as averaging 268.6 passing yards per outing, which had them ranked 6th in football. In relation to the points being put on the board, the Raiders had a ranking of 18th in football by scoring 22.0 points per game.
Las Vegas conceded a total of 1,943 rushing yards (114.3 yards per game) and 18 touchdowns on the ground over the course of last season. They allowed 29 touchdowns through the air in addition to 222.9 yards per game, ranking them 13th out of all teams. They totaled 15 takeaways (9 fumbles and 6 interceptions) over the course of last year. Last year, they surrendered 439 points in total. The Raiders defense took the field for 1,103 plays, which had them ranked 24th in the league. The Raiders surrendered 25.8 points per game, which had them ranked 26th of all teams in the NFL.
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Tony's Pick: Take the Raiders -2.5
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