Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers: 11/14/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Chargers (5-3) vs Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
Game Info: Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 4:05 pm (SoFi Stadium)
Betting Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -3 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Vikings will travel to SoFi Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Minnesota Vikings lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-5 on the season after being defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31 in OT, this past Sunday. Minnesota was able to fore OT after a 1-yard TD reception by Adam Thielen tied the game with just 1:03 left in regulation, however, the Vikings could not secure the win in OT after Justin Tucker hit a game-winning FG with just :16 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Minnesota won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin, however, was outgained Baltimore by a 500-318 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was RB Devin Cook who had 110 rushing yards on 17 carries.
On the season, Minnesota is averaging 24.3 ppg on 393.8 total yards per game (268.9 passing yds/g; 124.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Minnesota has been led by QB Kirk Cousins who has completed 68.2% of his passes for 2140 yards, 16 TD, & 2 INT while also rushing for a TD. The top receiving threats for the Vikings have been Justin Jefferson (46 rec, 632 yards, 4 TD), Adam Thielen (45 rec, 477 yards, 7 TD), Tyler Conklin (32 rec, 342 yards, TD), & K.J. Osborn (29 rec, 341 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Minnesota backfield has been led by Dalvin Cook who has 554 rushing yards & 2 TD on 115 carries.
Defensively, Minnesota is allowing their opponents to an average of 23.9 ppg on 405.4 total yards per game (268.8 passing yds/g; 136.6 rushing yds/g).
The Los Angeles Chargers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 5-3 on the season after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-24, this past Sunday. Los Angeles was solid offensively against the Eagles defense on the road and was able to win the game on a 29-yard FG with just :02 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Los Angeles outgained Philadelphia by a 445-331 margin and didn’t commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Chargers was QB Justin Herbert who completed 32 of 38 passes for 356 yards & 2 TD.
On the season, Los Angeles is averaging 24.9 ppg on 396.3 total yards per game (293.8 passing yds/g; 102.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Los Angeles has been led by QB Justin Herbert who has completed 66.1% of his passes for 2350 yards (305.6 passing yds/g), 18 TD, & 6 INT. The top receiving threats for the Chargers have been Keenan Allen (57 rec, 600 yards, 2 TD), Mike Williams (37 rec, 575 yards, 6 TD), & Jared Cook (27 rec, 308 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Chargers backfield has been Austin Ekeler who has 479 rushing yards & 5 TD on 101 carries while also hauling in 36 receptions for 325 yards & 3 TD.
Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing their opponents to average 25.1 ppg on 371.5 total yards per game (209.9 passing yds/g; 161.6 rushing yds/g).
The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog and 41-18 ATS in their last 59 games following a straight up loss. The Chargers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
I think this is going to be a competitive game, however, my money is going to be on the Over in this one as I think both teams have plenty of success offensively in this one. Minnesota has averaged almost 30.0 ppg over their last 3 games while the Chargers have averaged 33.0 ppg in their last three home games. I expect Kirk Cousins & Justin Herbert to each have 3+ TD’s in this one and as I expect a final score to combine for 60+ points, I’m taking the Over 53.5.
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