The Minnesota Vikings try to snap a two-game losing streak when they head west to take on the Los Angeles Chargers in a Week 10 NFL contest on Sunday afternoon. The kickoff for this game is scheduled for 4:05 pm ET at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
The Vikings have had two close losses in their last two games, falling in overtime to the Baltimore Ravens last week after dropping a four-point decision at home to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8. Minnesota (3-5) is in second place in the NFC North, trailing the first-place Green Bay Packers by 3.5 games.
Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak with a 27-24 win against the host Philadelphia Eagles last weekend. The Chargers (5-3) are tied atop the AFC West standings with the Las Vegas Raiders, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos both sitting just a half-game back.
Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview: Dealing With Distractions
The Vikings are hoping to get their offense going this weekend while dealing with allegations that Dalvin Cook abused his girlfriend a year ago in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday. Cook, the team’s leading rusher, is coming off a 110-yard game against Baltimore last weekend and is a key to the Minnesota attack.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is another key component, though he hasn’t topped 200 yards passing in either of the last two games. Cousins has thrown for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, and he has avoided bad plays as well with just two interceptions through eight games.
Minnesota is best when it can spread the field, which means wide receiver Justin Jefferson is getting some looks. The second-year player has 46 catches for 632 yards and four touchdowns, so he’ll get plenty of attention from the Chargers defense.
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview: In The Hunt
The Chargers finally got back to winning last week, thanks in part to quarterback Justin Herbert throwing for 356 yards and two touchdowns. Herbert also avoided a sack for the first time this season, showing the offense was clicking well.
The wide receiver duo of Keenan Allen (57 catches, 600 yards, two touchdowns) and Mike WIlliams (37 catches, 575 yards, six touchdowns) is one of the best in the league. If Herbert can get the time he did last week, those two could have big games against the Minnesota secondary.
Linebacker Joey Bosa leads the Los Angeles defense, recording 4.5 sacks among his 24 tackles. He and the rest of the Los Angeles front will need to keep an eye on Cook, though, and not just focus on getting to Cousins.
Vikings vs. Chargers Betting Odds & Lines
If you bet this game at MyBookie, the Chargers are three-point favorites at home, with the over/under set at 52.5 points. Los Angeles is listed at -170 for a moneyline bet, while the Vikings are +140 to win straight-up.
Free Betting Pick
The Chargers have a high-powered offense that can overwhelm an opponent when it gets rolling. The Vikings will try to use Cook to control the clock, but they’ve been too inconsistent on both sides of the ball to come away with a win in this one.