2017 Season NFL Football Past Picks

August 10, 2017

This pick was released to clients on August 12, 2021 at 12:03PM ET.

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Minnesota at Buffalo

Thursday 08/10 07:00 PM Eastern

1.5 units on Minnesota PICK (-120) (risk 1.5 to return 2.75)  RESULT: WIN

Minnesota plays hard for no-nonsense coach Mike Zimmer, even in August. Last August Minnesota went 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS. The previous preseason, they went 4-1 SU/ATS. Minnesota stuffed Pittsburgh in Week 1 2015, 14-3, while allowing 17 points or less in every preseason game. In 2016 they opened with two preseason games on the road and won both, 17-16 and 18-11, the latter at Seattle, a tough place to win even in August. The Vikings were hit hard by injuries on the offensive line last year, so they've bulked up with depth on the O-line and in the backfield for this season to have better balance on offense. As a result, there will be an emphasis on getting the ground game going. The defense is also loaded with talent and depth. Buffalo has a new coaching staff, a new playbook, and too many early injuries. Bills DE Shaq Lawson (groin injury) is ailing, along with RB Jonathan Williams (right leg), and there is uncertainty at left tackle as starting tackle Cordy Glenn may require foot surgery. QB Tyrod Taylor has been inconsistent in camp as he adjusts to playing in Rick Dennison's offense, and the backups are unimpressive with QBs T.J. Yates and fifth-round draft pick Nathan Peterman. Back the deeper, healthier visitors with the coach who gets them to play hard even in preseason. Play Minnesota.

FINAL SCORE
TEAM 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q FINAL
Vikings 0 3 14 0 17
Bills 0 3 0 7 10

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