Chargers vs. Vikings prediction, odds, spread, injuries, trends for NFL Week 3

Full betting preview for the Minnesota Vikings Week 3 showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Sep 14, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) makes
Sep 14, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) makes / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings season hasn't got off to as good of a start as they had hoped, sitting at 0-2 ahead of Week 3.

On Sunday, they'll welcome a fellow 0-2 team to U.S. Bank Stadium, the Los Angeles Chargers. One of these two teams will get their first win of the season. Who will it be? Let's dive into the odds and my best bet to find out.

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Now, let's dive into this Week 3 showdown.

Chargers vs. Vikings odds, spread, and total

Chargers vs. Vikings betting trends

  • The OVER is 4-1 in the Chargers' last five games
  • The Chargers are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against Vikings
  • Chargers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against NFC opponents
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the Chargers' last eight games vs. NFC North opponents
  • Vikings are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games
  • The OVER is 8-2 in the Vikings' last 10 games

Chargers vs. Vikings injury reports

Los Angeles Chargers injury report

  • Austin Ekeler - RB - Questionable
  • Daiyan Henley - LB - Questionable
  • Eric Kendricks - LB - Questionable
  • Chris Rumph - LB - Questionable

Minnesota Vikings injury report

  • Garrett Bradbury - C - Questionable
  • Olisaemeka Udoh - OT - Questionable

Chargers vs. Vikings how to watch

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 24
  • Game Time: 1:00p.m. EST
  • Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium
  • How to Watch (TV): FOX
  • Los Angeles Chargers Record: 0-2
  • Minnesota Vikings Record: 0-2

Chargers vs. Vikings key players to watch

Los Angeles Chargers

Derwin James: The Chargers defense has been flat out bad so far this season, so if they turn things around they need Derwin James to be the leader of the unit. He has had a great start so far, racking up 17 total tackles, one tackle for a loss, and two pass deflections. With that being said, it's not good enough. He needs to get this unit fired up for Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings

Justin Jefferson: The Vikings star is the best receiver in the NFL and might just be the best overall player in the NFL. He has 20 receptions for 309 yards already this season. Now, he gets to face a Chargers defense that's allowing 9.7 yards per pass attempt, the most in the league by a mile. If that level of play continues, Jefferson might get 300 yards on Sunday.

Chargers vs. Vikings prediction and pick

The Chargers let Tua Tagovailoa look like the future MVP and then allowed Ryan Tannehill to look like an elite quarterback. If the Dolphins and Titans can do that against the Chargers, I'm excited to see what this Vikings offense can do against them.

Despite being 0-2, the Vikings have been playing some good football. In fact, they rank third in the NFL in net yards per play at +1.6. It's only a matter of time before they get their first win, and I think it'll be this weekend.

The Chargers, on the other hand, are 30th in the NFL in net yards per play at -1.4, getting outplayed by both of their opponents.

I think the Vikings win big on Sunday.

Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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