NFL Picks: Week 3 Chargers vs Vikings
As the NFL season unfolds, two teams find themselves at a pivotal juncture. The Los Angeles Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings, both with 0-2 records, are gearing up for a crucial matchup. Neither wants the dreaded 0-3 start, and both are itching to claim their first victory of the season. Their upcoming clash promises to be a heated contest as both teams bring their formidable offenses to the forefront.
BUSR NFL Lines
Spread: PK (-110)
Moneyline: Both -110
Total: O 54 (-110), U 54 (-110)
Los Angeles Chargers: Desperate for Redemption
The Chargers, with the weight of two close losses behind them, will be on the road, hoping to turn the tide in their favor. Their recent narrow defeat in overtime against the Tennessee Titans, 27-24, demonstrated the offensive capabilities they possess. With Justin Herbert confidently leading the charge, completing 27 out of 41 passes for 305 yards and 2 touchdowns, the Chargers’ aerial attack is evident. Add to that mix the likes of Joshua Kelley, the leading rusher in the last game, and Keenan Allen, who boasted an impressive 111 receiving yards on 8 catches with 2 touchdowns, and you have an offense that’s potent and efficient. On the defensive side, Derwin James Jr. showcased his mettle with 11 combined tackles, and Joey Bosa terrorized the opposing offense with 2 sacks. Yet, their interception column remains vacant.
Minnesota Vikings: Home Advantage and Hope
Matching the Chargers’ winless record, the Vikings, however, have the privilege of playing on their home turf. Their recent clash against the Philadelphia Eagles saw them fall short by a margin of just 6 points, 34-28. Kirk Cousins, the man under center, had a stellar game, completing 31 of his 44 pass attempts for an impressive 364 yards and 4 touchdowns. While Alexander Mattison led the ground attack, Justin Jefferson stood out in the receiving department, registering a whopping 159 yards on 11 catches. On defense, Jordan Hicks stood out with 11 combined tackles and Danielle Hunter was a menace with 3 sacks. Their only interception was nabbed by Theo Jackson, offering some solace to a defense keen to make more significant impacts.
According to BUSR’s NFL Odds, none of the teams is favored in this match, underlining the close nature of this encounter. Despite their losses, both teams have showcased their offensive prowess. However, the Chargers might have a slight edge given their performances against stronger opposition, resulting in narrow defeats. The Vikings, on the other hand, have been plagued by turnovers, an issue that persists from the first week. While the home advantage might tilt the scales slightly in favor of the Vikings, their turnover troubles could be their undoing. For those keen on wagering, placing their bets on the Chargers to cover the spread seems a viable option.
For the Los Angeles Chargers, the injury list is a concern, particularly with two linebackers, C. Rumph II and D. Henley, both dealing with hamstring issues and their status listed as day-to-day. They’re not the only ones battling injuries; A. Ekeler, a significant part of their running game, faces an ankle problem. E. Kendricks is out due to personal reasons. More troubling, however, are the more extended absences. O. Ogbonnia and J. Guyton, vital components on defense and offense, are out indefinitely due to knee injuries.
The Minnesota Vikings too are not without their injury concerns. Their offensive line took a hit with O. Udoh out for the season due to a quadricep injury. Central player G. Bradbury and safety J. Metellus are both facing day-to-day statuses due to back and shoulder issues, respectively. The running back room saw a setback with K. Nwangwu out indefinitely with a back issue. Lastly, J. Lynch, a crucial part of their defensive line, has been placed on Injury Reserve due to a knee problem.