NFL Preseason Odds, Predictions for Vikings vs. Raiders: Sunday Over/Under Attracting Sharp Action (Aug. 14)
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- Sunday's only NFL preseason game pits the Vikings against the Raiders at 4:25 p.m. ET.
- The Raiders are 4.5-point favorites, including a late line move after Kirk Cousins' positive COVID-19 test.
- The market's sharpest bettors are focused on the Vikings vs. Raiders over/under.
Vikings vs. Raiders Odds
|Time||4:25 p.m. ET|
Odds via Caesars as of 2 p.m. ET.
Decoding betting market movement can be difficult during the NFL preseason.
Many NFL preseason line moves can be chalked up to oddsmakers’ adjustments based on latest player news.
For example, if a coach announces that they will or won’t be playing starters in a given game, sportsbooks will react to account for the statuses of those key players.
With this in mind, let’s look at the spread for Sunday’s Vikings vs. Raiders NFL preseason Week 1 matchup.
On Friday, news broke that Minnesota’s starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins, had tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore would not be playing in today’s game against Las Vegas.
Obviously, the absence of Cousins is noteworthy from an NFL betting perspective, and oddsmakers reacted accordingly by moving the Raiders from -3.5 to -4.5.
Often NFL spread movement like that can look like sharp money taking a position on the game, but in respects to Vikings vs. Raiders, it was not.
However, there’s another line move for Sunday’s lone preseason matchup that we cannot pin to a news adjustment, and after looking over the Action Network’s NFL PRO betting tools, it’s pretty clear that pro bettors are responsible for the movement.
Let’s take a look.