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Tips For Betting On Chargers Vikings – Minnesota Shows Progress in Preseason Week 3

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/20/2012 5:31:56 PM

San Diego Chargers @ Minnesota Vikings – Friday August 24, 2012 8:00PM EST

Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder came into the 2012 preseason with a huge chip on his shoulder. When the Vikings decided to draft offensive linemen instead of quarterbacks in the 2012 draft, the online football betting crowd in Minnesota started to get nervous. In their defense, the fans really did not see anything from Ponder during the 2011 season that would indicate that he is the right guy for the job. But all summer long, Christian Ponder insisted he could lead the Vikings to victory. After a couple of preseason games, the Minnesota fans are starting to think that Ponder may be right.

The San Diego Chargers look disciplined and ready to play in 2012. For the last couple of seasons, San Diego has generated impressive statistics but could not win games. The big reason San Diego could not win is a lack of discipline that resulted in bad special teams play and even worse penalties. But the betting public is seeing a whole new side to the Chargers that makes San Diego look like a real contender. The only question is whether or not this new look to the Chargers will spill over into the regular season, or if it will be business as usual for San Diego when the ball kicks off for real.

Why the Vikings Will Win

The Minnesota Vikings feel as though it has a lot to prove in this preseason, and it is proving it very nicely. After a blow out of the Buffalo Bills in week two, the Vikings are starting to see depth on the offense and precision play on the defense. The scary thing about the Minnesota Vikings is that superstar running back Adrian Peterson is still not in the lineup. The Vikings are bringing Peterson along slowly after his miraculous recovery from an ACL tear. Once Adrian Peterson is back in the lineup and healthy, this could potentially be a very scary Minnesota Vikings team. As long as Ponder can perform for an entire season, Minnesota should be in the playoff hunt.

Why the Chargers Will Win

The online sportsbook experts have always been impressed with the talent that is found on the San Diego Chargers' roster year after year. But that talented roster has never been used to its full potential, and most people point to head coach Norv Turner as the problem. But the Chargers still believe in Turner and are allowing the coach to move forward with the talented roster found on the 2012 team. It looks like Norv Turner has finally found that element which helps the Chargers to play better football and he is starting to get the most out of his players. When the San Diego Chargers are playing good football, there are few teams that can get in their way.

The Bottom Line

The Minnesota Vikings seem to be on a roll at home and will ride that momentum into this game. The game will be close when the first stringers are in, but it will slip away from San Diego when the second and third-string players start to take the field.

Pick: Minnesota Vikings


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