NFL Football Betting: San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings

NFL Football Betting:  San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings

A somewhat awkward but potentially entertaining non-conference matchup highlights Sunday’s NFL betting board as the San Diego Chargers travel to the midwest to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams have opened the season 1-1. San Diego opened the season with a home victory over the Detroit Lions but fell to 1-1 after a late comeback bid against the Bengals at Cincinnati fell short. The Vikings were dominated by the San Francisco 49ers’ defense in their opening game of the season but looked very good at home last week as they had little trouble handling the aforementioned Detroit Lions.

The big news for the Vikings is that Adrian Peterson is back in the lineup and, more importantly, back as an integral component of the Minnesota offense. He was almost invisible in the team’s opening game of the season but carried a heavy workload last week. He responded in kind, carrying the ball for 148 yards and taking a lot of the pressure off of developing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater should continue to improve and particularly now that he isn’t being expected to do everything through the air.

That all sounds good in theory, but Bridgewater and the Vikings could find themselves in an offensive shootout this week against the Chargers. And if this game becomes an aerial battle you’ve got to go with Phillip Rivers over Minnesota’s young signal caller. Even better for San Diego–they may have themselves a running game now thanks to the performance of rookie Melvin Gordon, who compiled 88 yards of rushing last week. If they can get Gordon the ball more often San Diego will have a balanced offense for the first time in who knows how long?

We’ll lean to the Chargers due in large part to their more experienced quarterback. We’ll also look for this game to go ‘Over’ the total. Non-conference games in the NFL have a tendency to be played a little more ‘loose’ than conference contests and the O/U numbers of these teams reflect that. Chargers are ‘Over’ in 8 of their last 9 against the NFC while the Vikings are ‘Over’ in 6 of their last 8 non-conference contests.