Mike Lundin’s Texans vs Vikings Free Pick, October 9, 2016.
Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings
1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 9, 2016
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Spread: HOU +6.5 / MIN -6.5; Total: 40.5
Play: Minnesota Vikings -6.5
The Minnesota Vikings are still undefeated, despite losing QB Teddy Bridgewater and RB Adrian Peterson to injuries. They’re on an absolutely insane ATS run over the last couple of years and 4-0 ATS on the season. The bookmakers and the betting public will surely catch up sooner or later, but I like the Vikings to cover a touchdown here against the Houston Texans. Both teams rely on a solid D to bring home the wins, but the Texans are in trouble now with defensive end J.J. Watt (back) out for the season. They’re off a 27-10 home victory against Tennessee but lost its lone road game for the season in Week 3, a 27-0 shutout at New England.
Sam Bradford is doing a decent job under center for Minnesota with four TD passes and no picks while Houston’s Brock Osweiler has passed for five TDs but also been picked off six times. That won’t cut it here against a Vikings D that has allowed just 12.5 points per game on the season and the team has a league-best plus-10 in turnover margin.
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