MINNESOTA vs. NY JETS 10/21/2018 NFL Odds, Pick & Preview

The MINNESOTA and the NY JETS will both be gunning for a victory on 10/21/2018 at 1:00 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS vs NEW YORK JETS
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 21, 2018
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
465 MINNESOTA 3 (-110) 47.5 (-110) -150
130
466 NY JETS

TV: 1:00 PM
LINE: 3
PREDICTION: NY JETS , MINNESOTA

Oddsmakers currently have the NY JETS listed as 3 point favorites versus the MINNESOTA, while the game’s total is sitting at 47.5.

Kirk Cousins will face the team he spurned in free agency last spring when he leads the Minnesota Vikings into a matchup with the host New York Jets on Sunday. The Jets offered a three-year, $90 million contract to Cousins in March, only to watch him sign with the Vikings for less money.

The 30-year-old Cousins has fit in nicely in Minnesota, averaging over 320 passing yards per game on the year and completing 76.1 percent of his passes during the team’s two-game winning streak. “The thing that I love about this guy is his passion for the game, his intensity that he has,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters of Cousins, who is averaging 382.7 yards on the road. “He’s come in here and taken charge as a leader.” Missing out on Cousins allowed the Jets to use the third overall pick on Sam Darnold, who has guided an offense that produced 76 points in back-to-back wins over Denver and Indianapolis. The rookie out of USC was 24 of 30 for 280 yards and two TDs against the Colts as New York held the ball for over 37 minutes in a 42-34 triumph.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Vikings -3.5. O/U: 46

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (3-2-1): Since allowing 38 points in a Week 4 loss at the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota has given up a total of 38 during its two-game winning streak and it held Arizona to 268 total yards in last week’s 27-17 win. Opponents are converting an NFL-low 25 percent of third downs, the Vikings have scooped up six fumbles — tied for second overall — and defensive end Danielle Hunter is tied for the NFL lead with seven sacks. Cousins continues to find wideout Adam Thielen, who leads the league with 712 receiving yards and has a touchdown in each of his last three games.

ABOUT THE JETS (3-3): Darnold made his first appearance on an injury report due to an elbow issue he deemed minor, but the team is banged up. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and defensive back Marcus Maye (thumb) are out and two of Darnold’s other targets — Robby Anderson (hamstring) and Terrelle Pryor (groin) — have missed practice time this week. Wideout Jermaine Kearse took advantage of increased opportunity against the Colts by snagging nine of his 10 targets for 94 yards.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Jets LB Darron Lee had a team-high eight tackles against the Colts and recorded his third interception, tied for the NFL lead.

2. Minnesota’s Latavius Murray ran for 155 yards last week in the absence of fellow RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring), who will miss his third straight game.

3. New York won seven straight meetings before a 30-24 loss at Minnesota in the previous matchup in 2014.

PREDICTION: Vikings 27, Jets 20

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