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The Minnesota Vikings head into a primetime game on Sunday night, riding a five-game winning streak. They will face the Broncos, who have surprisingly won three straight contests. These are two teams nobody suspected would win much after the first few weeks of the season.
Minnesota lost their starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins, for the season three weeks ago due to a torn Achilles. Since then, the Vikings acquired quarterback Joshua Dobbs from Arizona.
Dobbs filled in for Kyler Murray during his ACL recovery in Arizona. Dobbs has won two games since joining the Vikings without practicing much with the team.
The Broncos have beaten the Bills and the Chiefs in the last two weeks. Russell Wilson is playing smarter football as of late, which is a positive sign for Denver. Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton has reappeared as his primary target.
We've seen these two teams make the best of a bad situation so far this season, and both are on the playoff bubble. Let’s break down our favorite props for Sunday Night Football!
Before being traded to the Vikings, Dobbs started eight games for the Cardinals. In that time, he went 1-8 but had a 62.8% completion percentage and threw for 1,569 yards with eight touchdowns. In his ten starts this season, he has surpassed 26 yards in eight games.
He’s proven all season he can make plays with his feet as well as with his arm. Since being traded to Minnesota, he has rushed for 110 total yards.
The Denver defense is ranked last against the run. They have given up 154 rushing yards per game through 10 weeks. While the Broncos defense is atrocious, it has started to look better over the last few weeks.
Nevertheless, it seems they will still be unable to stop Dobbs scrambling, which is why we like the over on Sunday night.
The Vikings acquired TJ Hockenson in a trade with the Lions in 2022. Since then, he has been a top-five tight end in football.
Hockenson has scored four touchdowns this season and is a target machine for his new quarterback.
Hockenson has 27 targets in the last two weeks, with nine of those coming inside the red zone. Dobbs will continue to look for his big tight end across the middle when the pocket collapses.
The Denver defense has struggled this season against the pass. In 2023, they have allowed two passing touchdowns per game, which is tied for 29th in the league.
This should be a higher-scoring, tightly contested game consisting of Hockenson getting the ball and finding the endzone.
This season has been a roller coaster ride for the Vikings. From losing Justin Jefferson to the injured list and seeing Kirk Cousins have a season-ending injury, they’ve still managed to pull out five consecutive wins.
Jefferson is supposedly returning this week, which should boost an already striving offense. We’ve already seen Dobbs be successful with K.J. Osborn and Jordan Addison, but adding Jefferson into the mix makes this wide receiver room one of the best in the NFC.
The Denver defense has struggled all season in most categories, especially against the pass as we mentioned before. The Vikings team total of 20.5 seems a little low, but bookmakers are disrespecting Dobbs.
The Broncos defense gives up 27.6 points per game, while Minnesota scores 23.3 points per game. We expect this game to stay close, but for the Vikings to get the win and surpass their team total.
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Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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