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NFL Betting Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings
November 5, 2023
The Minnesota Vikings will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to face the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the game scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday afternoon in week 9 of the NFL season and airing regionally on Fox.
Minnesota enters this game with a record of 4-4 and is on a three-game winning streak following a 24-10 win on the road against the Green Bay Packers in week 8 of the NFL season. The Vikings scored 24 points while compiling a total of 346 yards offensively which included 297 passing yards and 62 rushing yards while allowing 10 points and 270 total yards defensively which included 229 passing yards and 74 rushing yards. Kirk Cousins led the team in passing, completing 23 of 31 attempts for 274 yards and two touchdowns while adding nine rushing yards on two attempts. Alexander Mattison led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 31 yards while adding a reception for two yards. K.J. Osborn led the team in receiving, catching eight of ten targets for 99 yards.
The Atlanta Falcons enter this game with a record of 4-4 and are tied for 1
place in the NFC South following a 23-28 loss on the road against the Tennessee Titans while failing to cover the 2.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 8 of the NFL season. Atlanta scored 23 points while compiling a total of 342 yards offensively which included 246 passing yards and 140 rushing yards while allowing 28 points and 375 total yards defensively which included 238 passing yards and 149 rushing yards. Taylor Heinicke led the team in passing, completing 12 of 21 attempts for 175 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 14 yards on two attempts. Bijan Robinson led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Khadarel Hodge led the team in receiving, catching all three targets for 75 yards.
BookMaker has the Atlanta Falcons listed as 4.5-point favorites at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in week 9 of the NFL season. Minnesota has won six of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while going 6-3-1 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Minnesota Vikings are 4-3-1 ATS overall, 3-0-1 ATS on the road, and 1-1-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Atlanta Falcons are 2-6 ATS overall, 1-3 ATS at home, and 1-4 ATS as a favorite on the year.
The Minnesota Vikings are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, however, they lost a pivotal piece of their offense as Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles against the Green Bay Packers at the end of the game. The Vikings traded for Joshua Dobbs who was the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, however, he is unlikely to get the start in this matchup. Minnesota has been one of the best teams at covering the spread on the road going 3-0-1 ATS in their road games while Atlanta has been one of the worst teams at covering the spread at home going 1-3 ATS at home. Buy the .5 point and take the points with the Minnesota Vikings when they travel to face the Atlanta Falcons in week 9 of the NFL season.
Spooky Express Pick: Minnesota Vikings +5
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