Raiders Slight Favorites
Fresh off their win in the Hall of Fame game, the Las Vegas Raiders return to Allegiant Stadium Sunday afternoon, welcoming the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL lines favor the Raiders by just over a field goal, largely because Las Vegas has that game under its belt New Minny coach Kevin O’Connell and his staff are directly out of the Los Angeles Rams and now get to try out their schemes Sunday..
The Minnesota Rams?
The NFL is a copycat league, and not did the Minnesota Vikings copying the Super Bowl Champions, they’ve stolen a trio of their coaches. O’Connell, the Rams’ former offensive coordinator, is the Vikings’ new coach. Wes Phillips and Chris O’Hara, also from LA, are in charge of the offense and quarterbacking, respectively.
With the trio, the Rams were a top-10 offense. In 2020, having finished with the most yards. In 2021, LA finished with the second-most passing touchdowns, Matthew Stafford having a resurgence. This isn’t Los Angeles anymore, and O’Connell will look to turn the Vikings’ good offense into the best one in the league.
This is all I need to see for Kellen Mond to get the No. 2 job
Sean Mannion can’t even do this in Madden pic.twitter.com/oujdgIkQ2O
— Adam Patrick (@Str8_Cash_Homey) August 5, 2022
We won’t see the starters play too much here, if at all. Instead, expect the likes of Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond to take the snaps at quarterback. One battle to note is at the center position. Either Chris Reed or Josh Sokol can swipe the starting spot from a disappointing Garrett Bradbury.
Raiders’ Second Game
It’s so far, so good for Josh McDaniels and Las Vegas Raiders. The team beat the Jaguars easily in Canton. Now, they face the Vikings, another team with a new staff.
Nick Mullens looked best of the quarterbacks that saw action in the opener, completing eight of his 11 attempts for 72 yards. Zamir White and Austin Walter saw the bulk of backfield work. Jordan Meredith, who played at right guard, was a catalyst for the Raiders’ running game where three backs scored.
Defensively, linebacker Divine Deablo terrorized the Jaguars in his 10 snaps. Defensive backs Chris Jones and Matthias Farley also impressed. If this is indicative of the Raiders’ depth, they are the superior team on both sides of the ball.
Vikings vs Raiders Head-to-Head
Since this is O’Connell’s first stint as a coach, it is also his first preseason game. McDaniels, on the other hand, is 3-6 in the preseason. Outside of the preseason, four of Minnesota’s last six trips to Raider Nation (wherever that is) had totals went under totals.
Vikings vs Raiders Game Information
- Game: Vikings (0-0) vs Raiders (1-0)
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
- Day/Time: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Vikings vs Raiders Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Minnesota Vikings||+3½ -110||+155||34-110o|
|Las Vegas Raiders||-3½ -110||-175||34-110u|
Vikings vs Raiders Prediction
As with the Jaguars, the Vikings may look discombobulated as they play their first snaps of the preseason. O’Connell and his staff may struggle to translate their plays to the third- and fourth-string players. Even if the Mannion-Mond QB duo is, on paper, superior to Stidham-Mullen, the latter has had the chance to play.
It’s unfortunate that the line has now moved above a field goal as preseason games like this leave plenty of room for bad beats. It’s a steeper price, but the Raiders should win at home. It will also be under 34, as most preseason games tend to favor the defense,