The Minnesota Vikings will be heading to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans. The Vikings are currently -2 point favorites with a total of 41.
Will Marcus Mariota suffer from a sophomore slump? Will the addition of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry drastically change the running Game for the Titans? The Titans added a very large amount of depth at the wide receiver position and spent a lot of money on Rishard Matthews so will they produce like their contracts say they should produce? These are all questions that will be answered over the course of the season. However, we’re here to look at their week one matchup against the Vikings.
Last year, the Titans were just awful. That’s the easiest and most simplistic way to look at that team. They were just awful. They ranked in the bottom 5 for points allowed per Game and the bottom 10 for points scored per Game. This translated into a 3-win season (tied for worst in the NFL).
The Vikings were a missed chip-shot field goal away from defeating the Seattle Seahawks and moving on to the Divisional round of the playoffs. Minnesota ranked 16th in the league as far as offensive points per Game. They were 5th in the league in points per Game allowed. The Vikings have a stellar defense and the best running back in the league.
Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater went down with a season ending ACL injury in preseason leaving the Vikings scrambling for a QB. The ended up trading for Sam Bradford with the Eagles, but as of this writing it looks as though Shaun Hill will get the start in week 1.
LAquon Treadwell, Stefon Diggs, and Charles Johnson have the speed and talent to remove the idea of the Vikings being one dimensional on the offensive end. That’s not to say that the Vikings should stop handing Peterson the ball. But they now have the talent to prevent teams from stacking 8 or 9 in the box.
Their defense is phenomenal and is full of first round picks. The Vikings have been building for this moment and this is their year to outshine the likes of the Packers for the second year in a row.
Our Pick – No question the Titans should be an improved team this year. However, Minnesota should be the better team even with Bridgewater lost for the year. It will take Sam Bradford some time to learn the offense and get up to speed but remember, this isn’t an offense that needs a Tom Brady or Andrew LUck to run it. Whether it’s Hill or Bradford behind center, we like the Vikings. Vkinings -2