Minnesota (2-1) at Denver (3-0)
When: Sunday, October 4th 2015
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
Time: 4:25 ET
TV: FOX Radio: XM 225
Peyton Manning and his 30th ranked offense look to remain undefeated as they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Denver has been led by their defense this year, which is ranked number 1 in total yards and also against the pass. The Bronco defense is only allowing 259 yards a game and 16.3 points per contest. They have also forced 10 turnovers in the first three weeks. After winning their home opener over Baltimore, the Broncos went on the road to take games in Kansas City and Detroit. After today, Denver will go on the road for two more before returning home November 1st. Manning is in the process of combining his style of play with coach Gary Kubiak’s run-oriented offense. Manning turned in his best performance of the season in last week’s win over Detroit throwing for 324 yards while completing 74% of his passes. The running game has been terrible so far and is ranked 31st in the NFL with 57 yards a game. Ronnie Hillman is their leading rusher with 99 yards and he doesn’t even start.
After dropping the Monday Night opener in San Francisco, the Vikings returned home to win games over Detroit and San Diego. Adrian Peterson has rushed for 260 yards in those two wins after gaining only 31 yards against the 49ers. The are now ranked 3rd in the NFL in rushing thanks to Peterson’s return to form, but are dead last in passing. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has only thrown one touchdown so far and 2 interceptions. Like Denver, the Vikings are doing it with defense. They are allowing only 16.7 points a game, which is 5th best in the NFL. The Vikings will be playing into a bye week today, the will host the struggling Chiefs before road games in Detroit and Chicago, who are both 0-3. They don’t get a crack at Green Bay until a week before Thanksgiving. They’ll need to keep winning and stay close if they want any shot at the NFC North.
Despite their 3-0 record, the Broncos, to me, haven’t looked that great. Yes, defensively they are, but this team is used to scoring a lot of points with Manning and a decent running game. The offense is coming around a little. The Vikings look like they will be a completely different team on the road this year, but anytime you have Peterson running for over 100 yards, they have a chance in any game. I’ll take the points.
Pick: Vikings +7