The Minnesota Vikings are bringing their entire QB room with them to their online betting matchup with the Cleveland Browns in London, even though two of them are more than likely just along for the ride. While the possibility exists that both Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater could play before the season ends, the Vikes are expected to stick with Case Keenum, who is 3-2 SU and ATS in five starts, for the time being. The most optimistic amongst the Minnesota faithful believe the Vikings defense can carry Keenum all the way to the Super Bowl. We don’t know about that, but it can certainly carry him to a win over the Browns.
- Date: Sunday, 29th October
- Time: 9:35 AM
- Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London, England
- Online sportsbook odds:
Vikings -10 (-101) 37½ (-111)
Browns +10 (-119) 37½ (-109)
The Vikings defense can carry a whole Case of Keenums
Make no mistake, though; the Vikes defense is the reason they currently have a winning record. Minnesota has scored more than 30 points only against the Bucs, but not a single team has cracked the 20-point mark against the Vikings yet, and chances are the Browns are not about to become the first to do so. The Vikes have been hit-and-miss ATS-wise, but have covered back-to-back in the last two weeks, and Cleveland offers a perfect opportunity to extend that streak to three straight games. Minnesota is 9-3 ATS versus teams with a losing record, 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games after an ATS win, 18-7 ATS in their last 25 after an SU win, and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 overall, while the Browns are 7-25-1 ATS in their last 33 games, 6-24 ATS in their last 30 games after a straight-up loss, 1-5 ATS in their last six in October, and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight after covering the online betting spread.
Wait, the Browns covered the spread?!
They, as a matter of fact, did, in Sunday’s overtime 12-9 loss to the Titans, their first ATS win since week 1. Cleveland still, mind you, lost the game outright, as well as offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who, prior to injuring his left triceps, had played an all-time best 10,363 consecutive snaps. And in an absolutely shocking turn of events Hue Jackson benched Deshone Kizer after the rookie threw interceptions 10th and 11th of the season. According to ESPN Staff Writer Pat McManamon, “Jackson’s handling of DeShone Kizer defies logic,” but that’s not a fair assessment. To defy logic, he’d first have to know what it is, and Hue and logic have never been seen in the same place at the same time, which, unlike Bruce Wayne and Batman, doesn’t mean they’re one and the same, quite the contrary, actually, quite, quite the contrary. But to McManamon’s point, if Hue ever met logic he’d probably not just defy it but defile it – give it the ol’ Deliverance treatment. This is the man who, after all, said, “We are in the business of winning games.” Must be Charlie Sheen’s brand of “winning.”
Long story short; expect a low-scoring affair and the online betting total to go under.