Raiders should win, and cover, over Vikings

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders

Jan 9, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) gestures as he runs off the field after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Here are three predictions regarding Sunday’s preseason game matching the Las Vegas Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings.

First, take the under at 36 points. I know most of the preseason games so far have hit the over, but this game may be different. Mainly, the Vikings will role out a quarterback duo of Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond. While most teams have capable backup and then a prospect, it looks like the Vikings have neither backing up regular starter Kirk Cousins. The Vikings may not even sniff the end zone in this game. So even if the unlikely event the Raiders score 30, the game may still go under.

Second, take the Raiders and give the 4 points. in the previous paragraph, I mentioned the Vikings may not score. OK, their field goal kicker Greg Joseph is pretty solid, but the Raiders come in with a game under their belts and a couple quarterbacks in Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullins moved the team pretty well in racking up 27 points against Jacksonville last week.

Third, look for rookie Zamir White to again lead Raiders in rushing. Last week, starting back Josh Jacobs got a few unexpected carries for the Raiders, but even if gets some work again this week, the Raiders rookie will most likely again carry the load. White carried the ball 11 times for 52 yards, including one run of 14 yards. Austin Walter had 49 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, but a lot of that came at the end of the game. Jacobs had five carries for 30 yards.