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5 Redskins-Vikings Prop Bets & Betting Lines to Back on TNF

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com

Adam Thompson  | 3 mins

5 Redskins-Vikings Prop Bets & Betting Lines to Back on TNF

Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings are on a roll, having won three in a row, all by double figures. They host the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football, a team shut out last Sunday and whose only win was a one-point squeaker against the winless Miami Dolphins.

The Vikings have been a stellar short-week team, covering in four of their last five TNF matchups. The Redskins, however, are on a 4-1 against-the-spread run on the road against teams with a winning record. Let’s take a look at some of the best bets fans of NFL betting should consider:

Redskins-Vikings Best Bets

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All odds current as of publication but subject to change.

PICK 1: Vikings -14.5

The Vikings are crushing the competition lately, beating the Giants, Eagles and Lions the last three weeks, the first two each by 18 points and the Lions by 12. One can still argue Kirk Cousins pounds lesser competition but struggles against top-tier defenses.

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But that issue doesn’t come into play Thursday against a Redskins defense that ranks 21st in yards allowed and 20th in points allowed, numbers lower than they should be after Sunday’s 9-0 slogfest loss against the 49ers.

Minnesota’s closest home game this year was a 16-point victory. I don’t expect the Redskins do to any better than the Falcons, Raiders or Eagles.

PICK 2: Highest-Scoring Quarter – Second

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The Vikings are ranked sixth in overall defense this season.

The second quarter is when the Vikings have dominated during their win streak, averaging a whopping 14.3 ppg in those 15 minutes. That coincides well against a Redskins defense that has allowed 8.7 ppg in the second quarter, their worst quarter by a longshot.

The second is also the Redskins’ highest-scoring quarter this season, and the frame that the Vikings are allowing their most points. All trends favor a scoreboard frenzy in the second quarter.

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PICK 3: First-Half TDs – Over 2.5

All three Vikings home games this season have registered at least three first-half touchdowns. The Redskins are more likely to chip in with a TD led by Case Keenum, who wants to show his old team a thing or two, and Adrian Peterson before he succumbs to fatigue and his ankle in the second half.

PICK 4: First Half/Final Results: Vikings/Vikings

The Vikings are averaging 21 ppg in the first half during this three-game win streak, and 16.5 ppg over the entire season. The Redskins average under 7 ppg in the first half, and even under 5 ppg the last three weeks. On the road against Minnesota’s sixth-ranked defense, it would be a surprise to see Washington break out and take a lead into halftime.

It would be just as shocking to see Washington win outright. The Redskins haven’t scored a single fourth-quarter point since Week 3, so we can also bet against a late rally (or backdoor cover).

PICK 5: Over 42 Points

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Redskins quarterback Case Keenum faces his old team Thursday night leading an offense that has struggled mightily.

The first three Washington games averaged 52.3 ppg. The offense went into the tank, so the last four games the average has plummeted to 27.2.

But the Over is 7-1 in the Redskins’ last eight Thursday night games. The last six times these teams have faced off, the Over has hit, too. Minnesota’s crushed the total the last two weeks.

About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.
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