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Chargers vs. Vikings Preseason Week 3 Odds and Preview

Chargers vs. Vikings Preseason Week 3 Game Odds

Posted by: Charlie Smith

The San Diego Chargers will visit the Minnesota Vikings, thus providing fans with another chance for some NFL betting online on August, Sunday 28th.

Chargers +4 (-105) 41½ (-110)
Vikings -4 (-115) 41½ (-110)

The San Diego Chargers bounced back from a loss to the Tennessee Titans in week 1 of the preseason with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals the following season. San Diego made the most of two turnovers for 10 first-quarter points on their way to a 16-0 lead at halftime. Cornerback Brandon Flowers intercepted Arizona QB Carson Palmer’s pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. Drew Stanton substituted for Palmer and was then picked off in his first series by safety Jahleel Addae, who brought it back 61 yards to the Arizona 9. Kicker Josh Lambo made for field goals for the Chargers. San Diego limited the Cards to 63 rushing yards, after allowing a league-high 288 rushing yards the week prior. The final score was Chargers 19-Cardinals 3.

The Minnesota Vikings have been more consistent, NFL online betting-wise, having won their two preseason games so far – most recently defeating the Seattle Seahawks 18-11 on August 18th. Cornerback Marcus Sherels stepped in front of Seattle QB Trevone Boykin and intercepted his pass intended for E.Z. Nwachukwu, which Sherels promptly returned 53 yards with 1:23 remaining on the clock. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that running back Adrian Peterson would play “if he wants to.” He didn’t. More unexpectedly, Zimmer gave QB Teddy Bridgewater the night off. Shaun Hill started under center and led Minnesota to a 1-yard Jerick McKinnon touchdown late in the second quarter. Additionally, Blair Walsh kicked a picture perfect 27-yeard field goal.

The last time these two teams met was in week 3 of the 2015 season at TCF Bank Stadium. On September 27th, the Minnesota Vikings beat the San Diego Chargers 31-14. Fans who do a little NFL betting online at a football betting website might want to note that Peterson not only played that day – which he probably won’t want to do this Sunday – but he rushed 126 yards for two touchdowns. Linebacker Chad Greenway returned a 91-yard interception for a TD of his own. At the time the Chargers were dealing with the so-called injury bug. QB Philip Rivers was sacked four times for a 28-yard loss, and was pulled for Kellen Clemens in the fourth quarter. Rivers threw 21 for 34 and had two turnovers. San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen had 12 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Nevertheless, the Chargers have won their two encounters previous to the last one; 24-17 on September 11st, 2011 and 12-10 on August 24th, 2012. These teams had very dissimilar campaigns last year – while the Vikings finished 1st in the NFC North with a 11-5 record and made it to the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers failed to reach the postseason with a 4-12 record and last place in the AFC West.

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