The dominance of the Minnesota Vikings over the Tennessee Titans extends into the regular season. Minnesota has won nine of 13 all-time meetings with the Titans and their alter egos the Houston Oilers. The Vikings are 6-1 straight up in the last seven games against the Titans and they are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games when facing Tennessee. On their home field, the Vikings have never suffered a regular-season defeat at the hands of the Titans, going 6-0.
Actually, the move from Houston to Nashville has given the Titans less of a lifeline in their series with the Vikings. The Titans are 1-2 at Tennessee when facing the Vikings in the regular season. They were 2-0 at home against Minnesota as the Houston Oilers. The Titans did score a 30-17 home-field win over the Vikings in Week Four of the 2008 NFL regular season. That’s the most points the franchise has ever scored against the Vikings in a regular-season game.
Keeping It Close – While the Vikings may dominate the Titans when it comes to the final score, the preseason games between these two teams seldom devolve into blowouts. The Vikings beat the Houston Oilers 26-14 in 1972 and more recently in 2014, were 19-3 winners over the Titans. But beyond those two games, the end result has always resulted in a close call. Three of the other six games were decided by one point. There was a four-point game and two seven-point final outcomes.
The regular season offers no such closely-fought tradition. There have been double-digit winners in three of the past four games between the Titans and Vikings, and in four of the past six meetings. Overall, there have been eight occasions in the 13 regular-season games between the Vikings and Titans where the final score resulted in one team winning by a margin of 10 points or greater. That includes a 51-10 win by the Vikings in 1974 and a 38-7 triumph by Minnesota in 1989.
Super Seconds – The Vikings and Titans share a disappointing Super Bowl history in that neither team has ever won the game. Now in the case of the Titans, it adds up to a day of disappointment – their 23-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV – as compared to the lifetime of dread endured by the Vikings, who along with the Buffalo Bills are a Super Bowl-worst 0-4 in the big game. The Vikings have gone 0-6 in the NFC Championship Game since their last Super Bowl defeat in Super Bowl XI.
But there is hope, since both of these teams qualified for the postseason in 2017, and both also won a playoff game. Bovada rates the Vikings as their co-fourth choice to win Super Bowl LIII at odds of +1200. They’ve got the Vikings down at odds of +650 to win the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 1976 and Minnesota is the odds-on +120 favorite to earn the NFC North Division title. The Vikings are given odds of -250 to make the postseason and +195 to miss out on the playoffs.
As for the Titans, they are the co-16th choice to win Super Bowl LIII at +4000 odds. Tennessee is rated at +2000 to win the AFC championship and are the +325 third betting choice to earn the AFC South title. The Titans are given odds of +160 to make the playoffs and -200 to miss out on postseason play. There are even odds of +13000 being offered at MyBookie on a Vikings-Titans clash in Super Bowl LIII.
Captain Kirk – Despite getting to within a win of going to the Super Bowl last season, the Vikings jettisoned all three of their quarterbacks from that team and signed free agent Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins. Whether Cousins is the answer remains to be seen, but it has certainly led to some interesting possibilities on offer from the online sportsbooks. Bovada puts Cousins right there with 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan at odds of +2200 to be the 2018 MVP.
Cousins is given odds of +1800 to lead all NFL QBs in passing yardage. He’s at +2800 odds to be the NFL QB with the most touchdown passes in 2018. But, due to his erratic nature, Cousins is also pegged with odds of +2500 to be the NFL QB who throws the most interceptions during the 2018 season.
In The Bag – Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen finished tied for fourth in the NFL last season with 13 sacks, and that evidently impressed the oddsmakers at Bet365. They’ve placed Griffen at odds of +1000 to lead the NFL in quarterback sacks during the 2018 season, situating him as the co-second betting choice. Griffen is also given odds of +6600 to be the NFL’s defensive player of the year, an honor not earned by a Viking since defensive tackle Keith Millard in 1989.
Running On – Betway is offering a total wager on rushing yardage gained this season by Titans running back Derrick Henry. The bar has been set on this bet at 960.5 yards. Play the over and you will get odds of -125. Go with the under and the odds are set at -111. It’s an intriguing wager. Last year, his second in the NFL, Henry gained 744 yards although he started just two games. Getting the start in the playoffs against Kansas City, he rambled for 156 yards, perhaps a sign of things to come as Tennessee’s feature back in 2018.
Head To Head – It isn’t often that you are given the chance to play two players on the same team against each other in a wager, but Betway is offering that opportunity with Vikings receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. The bet is simple and straightforward – you put your money on the player you think will gain the most receiving yards during the 2018 regular season. The odds on Thielen are -333, while Diggs is set at +215. In 2017, Thielen ended up with 1276 yards in receptions, while Diggs finished up at 849 yards.