NFL PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER: REDSKINS VS. VIKINGS

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings

Kickoff: Thursday, at 8:25PM Eastern

Line: Washington -2.5 Total: 49

After losing a close contest to the Dallas Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings (1-7) will be desperate to prove they can still win a football game in the NFL. Their opponent this Thursday, the Washington Redskins (3-5), seemed to going into a negative spiral as well, but after they won 2 of their last 3 games, the Redskins could still be a contender in the NFC East. Washington beat Minnesota 38-26 in the 2012 NFL football wagering season, and online oddsmakers do not expect the Vikings to be able to pull this one off either. At YouWager, the Vikings are 2.5 underdogs in Thursday’s game.

After a poor 0-3 start, the Redskins have a right to be hopeful for the season. Head coach Mike Shanahan knows Washington still has a chance to make it to the playoffs, and 5 of Washington’s last 8 games are against teams with losing records. Minnesota is one of these teams. Star quarterback Robert Griffin III told a YouWager news source, “The fans want to have something to believe in, and the players want to have something to believe in. And because of the way our division is set up right now, we have something to believe in and we know we can control our own destiny.” Internet wagering fans will be watching to see if the “control” RG3 speaks of will include some moves on the ground. Early in the season, Griffin promised more running plays, but it appears that the team lives in fear of him sustaining another knee injury. In spite of their recent victories, the Redskins have frustrated online sportsbook bettors this season. Washington, like Minnesota, is 3-5 against the spread in 2013. The Redskins are 3-6 for their last 9 games. But recently, they have demonstrated a fierce will to win that continues when there are only a few seconds left on the clock.

Even thought the Vikings are 1-7 for this season, it might not be as easy, as it looks on paper, for the Redskins to take them down. Minnesota barely lost to Dallas recently, when Tony Romo threw a pass for a touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the game. Minnesota’s young quarterback, Christian Ponder, will get his 3rd start in this matchup. Ponder has not produced large numbers yet, but he should have some luck with Adrian Peterson running the ball. In two games, Ponder has completed 67 percent of his throws, for 381 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Minnesota’s head coach, Leslie Frazier, expressed confidence in Ponder. He told YouWager’s source, “As we speak, I don’t see why we would make a change. Sometimes after ballgames you make emotional decisions, but I don’t see anything that tells me he shouldn’t start against the Redskins.”

In points allowed, the Vikings and the Redskins are rated 30th and 31st in the NFL. Washington is rated 5th in total offense, 6th in rushing, and they are keeping the ball, on average, for more than 31 minutes per game. Typically, NFL teams that manage to win the time-of-possession war, cover the spread almost 70 percent of the time. At YouWager, the Redskins are a 2.5 favorite. The Total is 49. Game time on Thursday is 8:25PM Eastern.

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