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Minnesota at LAS VEGAS (-4')

By Bryan Rosica, Featured Handicapper

Well, the New York Mets did get the kind of start I expected from Jacob deGrom, but the Mets offense could only score one time, so my release on New York on the Run Line wound up in the loss column.

Don't worry, I am bouncing back today to close out the weekend with a winner.

Winner # 12 of 19

Division Rivalry Lock

Mariners vs. Rangers - 2:35 ET

Division rivals Seattle and Texas today from Arlington as I hammer this 50 dimer home for the win.

The Vikings start their season with a new head coach, as former Rams assistant Kevin O'Connell brings his offensive mind to the Land of 10,000 Lakes and hopes are high this season for the Norsemen.

I am sure that come the regular season the ship will be sailing smoothly for the Vikings and their new head coach, but in this first preseason game on the road, I do not wish to back the Vikes as they take on a Las Vegas Raiders team that already has a game in hand this preseason.

Vegas opened their practice slate with a 27-11 win in the Hall-of-Fame Game in Canton, Ohio against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the Raiders got the easy win and cover for their new head coach Josh McDaniels.

We know that Kirk Cousins is currently in quarantine with COVID-19, and will not be traveling with the team for this game - not that he was going to see much action if at all anyway. So, that means that Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion will be in charge of trying to win this game for the Vikings, something I do not feel either is capable of doing, even in a preseason contest.

True, the Silver and Black will likely keep most of their starters on the sidelines as they guard against any injuries, but as we saw against the Jags, this Raiders team is pretty deep at multiple positions, so playing in their first home game with a win already under their belts is a distinct advantage today.

Give me the Raiders minus the points.