Los Angeles Chargers vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, 9/24/2023 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 3
Game: Los Angeles Chargers vs Minnesota Vikings
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Vikings (+2.5)
The Los Angeles Chargers (0-2) are en route to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday where they will attempt to defeat the Minnesota Vikings (0-2). Minnesota is 2.5-point dogs. The over/under comes in at 49.5.
The Los Angeles Chargers head into this matchup 0-2 for this year. In their last game, the Chargers played the Titans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 27-24. Justin Herbert went 27/41 with 305 yds through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 104.2 and ended the contest with no interceptions. Joshua Kelley was the best rusher for the Chargers with 13 carries for 39 yards (3.0 yards per carry). Keenan Allen averaged 13.9 yards per reception by accumulating 111 yards on 8 catches. The Los Angeles Chargers ran the football 21 times and accounted for 61 yards, which had them averaging 2.9 yards per carry. When all was said and done, they ran 65 plays which converted into 342 yards. Los Angeles relinquished 20 completions on 24 attempts for a total of 200 yds, and a completion rate of 83.3%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Chargers gave up 141 yds on 34 tries, which calculates to 4.1 yds per rush surrendered.
The Chargers currently have 775 total yards for the season. Los Angeles has accounted for 24 first downs offensively, and they have been flagged for 10 penalties for 113 yards. In terms of scoring touchdowns, Los Angeles has earned 3 touchdowns through the air and 3 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the football over 0 different times (0 picks and 0 fumbles lost). As a team they're averaging 147.0 yards via the ground game ranking this team at 5th in the league. Concerning scoring, the Los Angeles Chargers have an average of 29.0 points per game.
When talking about passing yards, the Chargers have conceded 666 yards which puts them in 32nd in the NFL. They have conceded 333.0 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 69.6%. During the season, they are giving up 438.5 yards per contest ranking them 32nd in football. They are giving up an average of 3.9 yards per run and 105.5 yards on the ground per contest for the year. Overall, they have allowed 211 rushing yards through 2 games. The Chargers rank 30th in the National Football League concerning their opponents scoring, conceding 31.5 points per contest.
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The Vikings come into this game with a record of 0-2 this season. When they last stepped on the football field, the Vikings took a loss by a score of 34-28 when they played the Eagles. Kirk Cousins (4 TDs) ended the contest with 364 yards on 31/44 passing while his QB rating was 125.6. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.3 yards. Justin Jefferson was the best receiver for the Vikings, catching 11 balls for 159 yds (14.5 yds per catch). Alexander Mattison carried the football 8 times for 28 yards, walking away from the game with 3.5 yds per carry for Minnesota. The Vikings finished the game with a total of 374 yds while they ran 55 plays (6.8 yds per play). Minnesota ran the football for 3.1 yds per carry, finishing the contest with 28 yards on 9 carries. Minnesota gave up 48 rushing attempts for 259 yards (5.4 yards per carry). The Vikings pass defense allowed a completion rate of 78.3%, relinquishing 171 yards on 18 for 23 passing.
The Minnesota Vikings have an average of 371.5 yards per outing which is good for 8th out of all teams in the league. They are averaging 34.5 yards via the ground game and have run for 69 yards for the year. They have thrown 1 interception while conceding 6 fumbles and they have been able to earn 34 1st downs. The Minnesota offense has accrued 60 yards of penalties on 8 infractions, which is 30th in the league in terms of hurting your team. For the year thus far, the Vikings have thrown for 674 passing yards in addition to an average of 337.0 passing yards per game, putting them at 2nd in the league. In relation to the points being put on the board, the Vikings sit 18th in the NFL averaging 22.5 points per game.
They have conceded 3 touchdowns through the air as well as 170.0 yards per outing, which has them sitting 8th in the NFL. Minnesota has allowed a total of 332 yards on the ground (166.0 yards/game) in addition to 3 touchdowns on the ground for the year. This season, they have given up 54 points in total. Their defense has totaled 1 turnover this year. The Vikings defense taken the field for 143 plays, which has them sitting 27th in the league. The Vikings are giving up 27.0 points per contest, which puts them in 25th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Chargers -2.5
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