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Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens Predictions, Odds, Picks

Nov. 7, 2021
Dan Dobish
VI Betting Expert

The Minnesota Vikings (3-4) hit the road to meet the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for a Week 9 AFC-NFC contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and the game can viewed on FOX.

Score Prediction

Ravens 34, Vikings 17

Best Bets

Ravens -6 (-110)

Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens Predictions

The Vikings are looking to bounce back after a 20-16 loss against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. It’s not so much that the Cowboys beat them, but that backup QB Cooper Rush came in and threw for more than 300 yards with two touchdowns when it appeared the Vikings were catching a break with QB Dak Prescott inactive. They’re going to be angry, as they look to bounce back.

Speaking of anger, the Baltimore Ravens were embarrassed 41-17 at home by the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7, and then had to stew about it for two weeks during the bye. Baltimore has had a bad taste in its mouth for two weeks, and it will be looking to take out a lot of frustration on Sunday.

The Vikings have really struggled defensively this season, and that’s now a good thing against an angry team with an MVP-caliber quarterback.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Resources

  • Matchup: NFC North vs. AFC North
  • Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021
  • Venue: M&T Bank Stadium
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • TV-Time: FOX - 1:00 p.m. ET

Minnesota Vikings Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 3-4
  • ATS: 3-4
  • O/U: 3-4
  • ATS - Home: 1-3
  • ATS - Away: 2-1

The Vikings have been a prolific offense this season, rolling up 394.7 total yards per game to rank seventh in the NFL, while passing for 270.7 yards per game to rank eighth. If Minnesota is going to be able to bounce back and pull off the upset road win, QB Kirk Cousins needs to have a big game. He could be without one of his big weapons, as WR Justin Jefferson is nursing a leg injury this week. If he cannot go, that would be a huge blow.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings will be without DE Danielle Hunter, as he suffered a torn pectoral muscle against the Dallas Cowboys and is now done for the season. That’s a huge loss for this Vikings defense which struggled with him in the lineup. He allowed 367.0 total yards per game to rank 20th in the NFL, and 21st against the run with 120.9 yards per game.

The Vikings are 3-11 ATS across the past 14 games dating back to last season, while going 2-7 ATS in the previous nine following a non-cover. Minnesota is also 0-2 SU/ATS in two games against AFC North Division teams this season, too. Two of Minnesota's three road outings have resulted in an overtime game.

Baltimore Ravens Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 5-2
  • ATS: 3-4
  • O/U: 4-3
  • ATS - Home: 2-2
  • ATS - Away: 1-2

The Ravens are going to be looking for a quick start. That’s been on problem for the Ravens this season, as they have managed just 3.0 points per game in the first quarter, good for 22nd in the NFL. The Vikings, on the other hand, have managed 6.3 PPG in the first quarter, tied for fifth. Baltimore cannot afford its traditional slow start.

The Ravens have managed a 4-1 ATS mark in the past five following a straight-up loss, and a sparkling 4-0 ATS record across the past four following a non-cover. That’s great news for potential side bettors, as well as the fact the Ravens are 5-2 ATS in the past seven in Charm City, while going a perfect 6-0 ATS in the past six at home against teams with a losing road record.

Baltimore has hit the OVER in six of the past eight games as a home favorite, while also hitting the OVER in six of the past eight after a straight-up loss. It’s a perfect storm for a big scoring performance by the home side.

Inside the Stats - Minnesota Vikings

  • Record: 3-4
  • Division Standing: 1-0
  • Points Scored: 163
  • Points Allowed: 157
  • PS/G: 23.3
  • PA/G: 22.4

Inside the Stats - Baltimore Ravens

  • Record: 5-2
  • Division Standing: 0-1
  • Points Scored: 187
  • Points Allowed: 164
  • PS/G: 26.7
  • PA/G: 23.4

Key Players to Watch

  • MIN: Kirk Cousins - QB (189/274, 1,953 yards, 14 TD, 2 INT)
  • MIN: Justin Jefferson - WR (43 catches, 563 yards, 3 TD)
  • BAL: Lamar Jackson - QB (2423 total yards, 12 total TD, 5 INT)
  • BAL: Marquise Brown - WR (37 catches, 566 yards, 6 TD)

Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Conclusion

The Vikings weren’t able to take advantage of a good situation last week when the Cowboys were without its star quarterback. They were dropped by a backup, and the offense couldn’t move the ball on its home field. Now, they hit the road to face a dual-threat quarterback, and if they couldn’t stop Rush, they certainly won’t be able to slow down Lamar Jackson.

The first time Baltimore lost in Week 1 at Las Vegas, the Ravens rattled off five consecutive victories, including a win and cover the following week at home. Expect a little bit of de ja vu in this one, as Baltimore rallies around its star quarterback, who will run all over the Minnesota defense. The Vikings rank 21st in the NFL with 120.9 yards per game allowed on the ground. Heaven help them if they cannot do better than that against No. 8.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends

  • Baltimore has won 11 straight games when facing the NFC.
  • Minnesota has gone OVER the point total in five straight road games.
  • Minnesota has covered the spread in five of its last six games when playing as the underdog after losing the week prior.
  • Baltimore has won five of its last six games.

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