Minnesota Vikings Have Role Reversed as Favorites Against Tennessee Titans

By Andrew Fisher

The Minnesota Vikings‘ start to the 2012 NFL season certainly was not one predicted by many, as they currently sit tied atop the NFC North with the Chicago Bears (3-1).

All of sudden expectations have shifted from next to none, to potentially making the playoffs. I think it’s way too early to even talk about the postseason, but it’s certainly fair to expect more from the Vikings now.

This team has shown the ability to play solid on both sides of the ball, and if they can keep up what they’re doing, this is a team that should be competitive in any game.

So that brings us to week 5 and the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans (1-3) head to Minneapolis as (+5.5) point underdogs.

While the Vikings have technically been favored in two other games this season, this is the first time where they are the clear favorites. It’s a place the team hasn’t been too much as of late, and a place that’s no doubt welcomed by fans.

Based on what we’ve seen from these two teams in the first four weeks, that the Vikings should be favored, and five and a half points is a fair line. The Titans are without Jake Locker who’s inactive with a shoulder problem, so veteran Matt Hasselbeck is going to get the start at quarterback.

Hasselbeck might be old, but I’m certainly not counting him out. He’s never been a flashy guy, but he’s going to manage the game and give his team a chance to win. Last week he completed 68% of his passes for 193 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. I expect a better effort from him on Sunday.

However, Minnesota has the advantage at nearly every position, so it’s up to them to play their game, and outexecute Tennessee. This should consist of a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson, physical defense, and clock management.

Unquestionably the bar has been raised in Minnesota.

Follow Andrew Fisher on Twitter @the_realfish

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