Week 8 of the NFL regular-season will get underway with the Minnesota Vikings hosting the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:20 EST at U.S. Bank Stadium and will be televised on both FOX and the NFL Network.

Oddsmakers opened this game at Minnesota -16 and while some books are still at that number, several have dropped it down to the Vikings -15.5. The total opened at 40 and has jumped as high as 42.5 at some places.

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Vikings vs Redskins Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds

Washington Redskins (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS)

The Redskins did something extremely rare this past Sunday to the delight of their backers. They covered the spread without scoring a single point. Washington lost 9-0 at home to the 49ers as a 10-point dog. Redskins certainly got an assist from mother nature in that one, as conditions were horrible due to all the rain.

That was Washington’s first cover since they cashed as 10-point dogs in the opener at the Eagles. Needless to say this will be a difficult team to trust going forward. Redskins are already out of the playoff race in the NFC and the big concern with anyone back them is they could turn to rookie Dwayne Haskins at any time.

Minnesota Vikings (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS) 

The Vikings come into this one off an impressive 42-30 road win over division rival Detroit, easily covering as a slim 2.5-point road favorite. I’m sure head coach Mike Zimmer is not happy with the defense giving up 30-points, but Vikings fans have to be thrilled with how well the offense looked.

Kirk Cousins, who has been under a ton of scrutiny, went 24 of 34 for 337 yards and 4 scores (to 4 different receivers). At the same time, Dalvin Cook had 142 yards and 2 scores on 25 rush attempts. This is on the heels of their big showing against the Eagles, where they had 38 points and nearly 450 yards of offense.

Vikings have covered 3 straight and the last two have gone OVER the total after the UNDER had hit in 4 of their fist 5.

Matchup History

These two last met up in 2017 at Washington. The Vikings won that contest 38-30 as a 1-point favorite. As you might have guessed, that contest went OVER the total of 43. It snapped a streak of 4 straight wins and covers by the home team. OVER has now cashed in 6 straight meetings between these franchises.

NFL Betting Predictions & Free Pick Against the Spread: OVER 42.5

My early lean here, as it is with just about every Thursday night game is the OVER. I know the Redskins offense is hard to trust, but it’s not asking a lot for these two to get to 43 with both these defenses playing on 3 days rest.

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It’s not out of the question that Minnesota could eclipse this total on their own. Vikings are playing with a ton of confidence on the offensive side of the ball and who knows how much resistance the Redskins defense will put up.

You can’t read anything into Washington holding the 49ers to 9-points with those conditions and the only other teams they have held under 30 points this season are the Dolphins and Giants. I would be shocked if Minnesota had anything fewer than 30 points in this game.

I’m going to count on Washington getting to at least 14 and I think they could get a few more. Minnesota’s defense has been slipping of late and with the way the offense figures to be moving the ball, they might not be 100% locked in. They also might call off the dogs if they do get up big, as they got a big game at KC on deck.

OVER is 9-2 in the Redskins last 11 road games vs a team with a winning home record and 7-1 in their last 8 games played on a Thursday. OVER is also 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota. Take the OVER!