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Buccaneers Vikings Betting Predictions – Vikings Try To Stay In Playoff Position Versus Buccaneers

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/23/2012 6:55:51 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the biggest surprises in the National Football League this season. They will aim to sustain their forward momentum on Thursday Night Football.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings – Thursday, October 25    
Betting line: Minnesota -7

Why Tampa Bay Will Win

When football betting specialists sit down and scrutinize the two teams playing in this game, they're going to realize that the Buccaneers have a legitimate chance. Minnesota has hardly been impressive in recent weeks. The Vikings aren't exactly plummeting in the standings, but they're playing vulnerable teams and are not displaying anything close to dominance. Minnesota got waxed by the sub-.500 Washington Redskins two weeks ago and then slogged past the Arizona Cardinals this past weekend. Yes, the Cardinals have a winning record, but one needs to realize that Arizona's offensive line has been decimated this season, making the Cardinals helpless when they have the football.

The ability of Minnesota's defense to shut down the Cardinals should not rate as any kind of special achievement. Tampa Bay's passing game, featuring quarterback Josh Freeman and receiver Vincent Jackson, will have opportunities to make vertical plays down the field. If the Bucs can hit at least two or three shots of over 30 yards per throw, they can create at least 17 points if not 21, and with the way Minnesota's offense is struggling under talented but inexperienced quarterback Christian Ponder, it's entirely reasonable to claim that Tampa Bay can win a game with a score of 24-20 or 23-17. Such a scenario would rate as a slight surprise, but not a huge one.

Why Minnesota Will Win

Various online sports betting legal outlets are not going to overthink the issue. They're going to rate the Vikings as a clear favorite because Tampa Bay is simply an inferior team. The Buccaneers could not stop the New Orleans Saints last week, and even though New Orleans' defense has struggled so conspicuously against the pass, Tampa Bay could not score at least 30 points against the Saints. The Buccaneers just do not figure to be the kind of team that can offer robust opposition to the Vikings, especially on the road.

Now look at the home team's perspective. Minnesota's defense has overachieved this season, overcoming fears about its lack of depth, particularly at the linebacker spot. The Vikings should be able to control the line of scrimmage. Playing at home in a nationally-televised night game should enable their crowd to bother the Buccaneers' offense. Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder should find a comfort zone against a Tampa Bay defense that was rendered toothless against New Orleans. Perhaps Ponder won't put 38 or 41 points on the board, but if Minnesota scores 28 points, it should have more than enough offense to handle the Bucs and their manifestly inconsistent offense.

Who Will Win

If this game had been played on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, perhaps the Bucs could sneak up on the Vikings, but in a Thursday night stand-alone game, Minnesota will play with extra energy. The Vikings will also benefit from Tampa Bay having to travel from Florida on short notice for this Thursday game.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Minnesota


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