In the matchup with the most potential for offensive fireworks on the Week 3 slate, the winless Los Angeles Chargers travel to the Twin Cities to take on another winless team, the Minnesota Vikings. Both have played way below their preseason expectations through the first two weeks of the season, but now one of them has the chance to get off the schneid here. The Vikings are ever so slight favorites on the moneyline on most NFL betting sites and betting apps, but there will be some books that have the Chargers as the favorites.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Chargers NFL Betting Odds
- The Minnesota Vikings can barely be considered favorites at -118 moneyline odds
- There should be points aplenty with this one’s over/under total sitting at 54.0
- Justin Jefferson predictably has the shortest anytime TD odds at -130
Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Chargers NFL Betting Odds - Sunday, September 24th
The Vikings have started off slowly on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 54 points through two games, which they lost to the Buccaneers and Eagles. The loss to the Eagles might have been expected, but losing to Baker Mayfield on opening day was definitely not in Minnesota’s plans. The Chargers, meanwhile, have lost two very tight shootouts to the Dolphins and Titans to start out the campaign. All odds provided by Sports Interaction.
|Minnesota Vikings||-118||-1.0 (-110)||O54.0 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Chargers||-102||+1.0 (-110)||U54.0 (-110)|
The Chargers offense has to be one of the most frustrated groups in the NFL after two weeks of play. Despite scoring 58 points in those first two games, they are still winless. In fact, they are the first team in NFL history to score 50+ points without turning the ball over through the first two weeks to go 0-2.
It’s a pretty similar situation in Minnesota, except for the whole turnover thing. Minnesota’s offense would be rolling through the first two weeks if not for all of the fumbling they’ve been doing. They’ve already lost a whopping six fumbles through the first two weeks, but that really seems like a trend that can’t continue as it’s been going.
Neither team has really done anything to fix their defensive issues yet, so we can expect similar performances from those units here. And considering the talent and potency of both the Justin Herbert-led Chargers attack and the Kirk Cousins-led Vikings attack, both defenses will be in tough again at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Both of L.A.’s games have gone over 50, with their Week 1 game actually hitting 70 points. Meanwhile, the Vikings have scored 45 points through two games even with all of those turnovers. If Kirk and the gang can take care of the football, this one should be another big-time shootout. This one’s over, which sits at 54.0 points, should be one of the easiest bets of the day and at -110, the value is there for sure.
As for the actual result of the game, as you can see from the betting odds, this one is about as close to a toss up as you’re going to see all season. Since the spread is just one point, the spread and the moneyline are essentially the same, so Vikings backers might as well go for their spread at -110 while Chargers backers should roll with their moneyline at -104 odds.
There are a few things that are swaying us towards the Vikings in this one. While the Chargers have lost their two games, their offense has looked excellent, but the Vikings have a lot of room to improve after their first two losses, meaning they potentially have a higher ceiling for this one.
When a game is as tight as this, the homefield advantage shouldn’t be ignored either. The biggest reason we like the Vikings here, however, is that the Chargers are limping into this matchup somewhat. They’ll be without their starting middle linebacker and starting running back, and edge rusher Joey Bosa didn’t get a full practice in all week. Take the Vikings -1.0 spread at -110 odds here.
Player Props To Consider
One guy you can almost always rely on is Justin Jefferson. He’s the best receiver in the league, and he’s started the season out like it. He’s got nine receptions or more and 150 yards or more in both of his first two games, so the over on his 7.5 receptions prop at shocking +105 odds is an automatic play, while the over on his 101.5 receiving yards prop at -120 is also a good bet, but one that offers a little less value.
The Chargers have also been very susceptible to big plays in the passing game so far this year, giving up more than their fair share of 20+ and 40+ yard pass plays. That sounds like the perfect recipe for Minnesota’s big play threat, rookie Jordan Addison, to keep up his streak of long touchdown catches. He’s coming in at +160 odds for an anytime touchdown, which is a great bet, but the over on his longest reception prop, which sits at 21.5 yards and -115 odds, seems like a lock.
Alex is a recent graduate of Ryerson's Sport Media program in 2019 and has been contributing to BettingTop10 since 2020. He has worked in the field of sports and sports betting for several years, including stops writing for theScore and daily fantasy sports website FantasyPros as one of the lead NBA news writers. A dedicated sports fan and experienced sports bettor, Alex has the knowledge to provide you with the best betting advice and the sneakiest props no matter what the sport may be.