The Minnesota Vikings (1-1) host the Oakland Raiders (1-1) in Week 3 NFL action from Minneapolis.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on September 22nd at U.S. Bank Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.

Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Vikings listed as 9-point home favorites. That line has come down by a full point after early betting, as Minnesota is currently available at -8. The total for this matchup is 43 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 3 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.

Vikings vs Raiders Game Odds & Betting Preview

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders fell back to 1-1 on the season overall after getting beaten 28-10 at home by Kansas City. Oakland had a solid first quarter, scoring ten unanswered points before allowing Mahomes and Co. to rack up four touchdowns before the half. QB Derek Carr wasn’t at his best, going just 23/38 for 198 yards and one touchdown while also getting picked off by the Chiefs twice. RB Joshua Jacobs came falling back to earth after a monster performance in Week 1 against Denver, rushing 12 times for 99 yards. Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams continued to impress through the air, combining for 11 receptions, 109 yards, and a touchdown. Overall, the offense gained just over 300 yards and scored one touchdown.

Oakland really struggled to slow down the Chiefs offense in Week 2, allowing Kansas City to score four unanswered touchdowns to put the game out of reach by the third quarter. The Raiders were especially bad against the pass, allowing Patrick Mahomes to torch them for 443 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota didn’t have a great outing in Week 2, losing 21-16 on the road to the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings really impressed in their home opener against Atlanta but couldn’t find a way to keep the momentum going in a very important early season divisional matchup. QB Kirk Cousins was 14/32 for 230 yards and a touchdown but he also threw two interceptions that certainly impacted the outcome of the game. RB Dalvin Cook had another huge game on the ground, rushing for 154 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 20 carries. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs appear to be negatively impacted by Minnesota’s new “run first” mentality on offense, as the dynamic duo combined for only 124 yards and one touchdown.

The Vikings defense was fairly average in Week 2, holding the Green Bay offense to around 350 total yards and giving up three touchdowns. However, Minnesota did have a very tough time trying to slow down RB Aaron Jones, as he rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Vikings -8

I think that Minnesota offers very good value at anything under -9.5 or so. Oakland did not look good against the Chiefs at home last weekend and now has to attempt to rebound on the road against a very solid Vikings squad. Dalvin Cook looks to be in another good spot here in Week 3, as he should easily be able to surpass the 100-yard rushing mark yet again on Sunday if he gets somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 touches. Cook also has a ton of upside catching the ball out of the backfield in this matchup, as the Raiders have been very susceptible to talented pass-catching running backs in the past. Diggs and Thielen also have a favorable matchup with a patchy Oakland secondary, although it will be interesting to see if Cousins attempts many more passes in a game that the Vikes should be leading throughout.

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Minnesota is a very solid 15-4 ATS in their last nineteen games against an AFC opponent. They are also 4-1 against the spread of their last five meetings with AFC West teams specifically. While it is certainly possible that Josh Jacobs rebounds here in Week 3 against a Vikings run defense that just gave up a monster game to Aaron Jones, I don’t think the rest of the Raiders offense will have nearly as much success. Minnesota is extremely strong against the pass and should be able to make life very difficult for Derek Carr. I think the Vikings find a way to grab the lead early before Cook pounds the ball on the ground the rest of the way. I’ll lay the eight points and take the home favorite – give me Minnesota!