MINNESOTA VIKINGS @ CAROLINA PANTHERS

An interesting matchup here as the Panthers, a team that’s lost two in a row, host the Vikings, a team whose record doesn’t quite show their true potential. With bye weeks starting to come thick and fast and with every game that matters in the hopes of a playoff run for both these teams, This one should be good. 

As mentioned, Carolina has lost their last two games. With such a hot start which saw them at 3-0, the Panthers might be starting to come down to earth a little bit. Last week alone saw them drop 21-18 to the Philadelphia Eagles, who themselves have been very hot and cold this season with Jalen Hurts. Sam Darnold had his worst game as a Panther, and he’ll be keen to prove that was just a blip in the road and not the end of the honeymoon period. 

The Vikings are favourites on the road here after an ugly win last week against the Lions but, a win is a win nonetheless. And with hopes of Dalvin Cook being back to help bolster their offense, we could finally see this Vikings side live up to their obvious potential this week. Second-year receiver Justin Jefferson has picked up where he left off last season, putting in some dominant performances. Jefferson has two 100+ yard receiving games this season and has 6+ receptions in each of the Vikings last four games. Look for him to impress once again. 

As for my best bet, I’m looking at a prop from each side in this game. Justin Jefferson has quietly racked up 33 catches, 462 yards, and 3 TDs on the year, so be on the lookout for Kirk Cousins to link top with his best receiver yet again. We like the over on his 5.5 receptions line. For the Panthers, it’s DE Brian Burns that has my attention, the underrated pass-rusher has played 34 career games in the NFL and in only 5 of them has he surpassed 5 combined Tackles & Assists. None of those five has come in any of his last 7 games, yet his U/O Tackles & Assists line is set at 4.5. We’ll take the under and hope that he doesn’t make it 6 in 35! 

Spread: Panthers +2.5 

Total Match Points line: O/U 45.5

Game Prediction: Vikings 21-20 Panthers

Best Bet: Justin Jefferson over 5.5 receptions and Brian Burns under 4.5 Tackles & Assists @ 17/10 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.5]

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