MINNESOTA VIKINGS @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Week 1 didn’t quite go the way the Colts were expecting huh, heavy favourites against the Jacksonville Jaguars where the much fancied Colts were expected to dominate the game and walk out of Duval with a W but Gardner Minshew obviously didn’t read the game script and pulled off the upset win taking apart a poor Colt secondary (this will happen when Xavier Rhodes takes over 85% of the snaps at CB) this will be their biggest problem all year but they could get some respite in this one as they’re coming up against a Vikings pass offense who couldn’t get anything going until the 4th quarter against the Packers in a game that was already lost, the Colts played the run well vs Jacksonville (albeit the Jags are underpowered in the run game) and that bodes well for them in this matchup as if they can stop Dalvin Cook on the ground they can really stifle this Vikes offense. On offense the loss of Marlon Mack for the year is a blow but if it allows the team to fully integrate and feature 2nd round draft pick Jonathan Taylor then it could be a blessing in disguise for the offense. 

The Vikings were poor, we’ve touched on their inability to move the ball through the air until the game was already done in week 1 but equally as worrying was their inability to stop the Green Bay offense, they struggled to get into the backfield and trouble Aaron Rodgers and on the back end they offered nothing in terms of playmaking and Rodgers was pretty much able to do what he wants, which is sometimes inevitable when Aaron Rodgers decides he’s winning the game but I still expected to see more from a secondary which on paper at least should be one of the leagues better units, the Colts offense should offer an easier opportunity for them to impress in week 2.

Both teams are looking to get back on track after posting L’s in week 1 and falling 0-2 to start the year is a precarious position most teams don’t recover from. In my opinion these are two of the more overrated teams in the league but I trust the ability of the Colts D-Line to keep Dalvin Cook somewhat in check and their O-Line to protect Philip Rivers well enough against a Vikings pass rush without Danielle Hunter for him to get the job done.

PREDICTION: COLTS 28 – 21 VIKINGS

BEST BET: Jonathan Taylor Anytime TD @ 1/1 with SkyBet. 1 point bet.

NEXT BEST: Kyle Rudolph Anytime TD @ 3/1 with Betfair. 0.5 point bet.

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