Week 5 Opponent: Houston Texans, 3-1 1st in AFC South
Locale: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Broadcast Details Noon (Local) CBS Spero Dedes (Play by Play) Solomon Wilcots (Color Commentary/Analyst)
Last Week : Texans used a 67 yards punt return to edge the Titans 27-20. The Vikings got 85 Yards and rushing touchdown and led all the way in a 24-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday Night
Injury Report Texans OT Duane Brown and CB Kareem Jackson are questionable. TE Stephen Anderson and RB Jonathan Grimes are Out. Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, TE Rhett Ellison, DT Sharrif Floyd. TE David Morgan and OT Andre Smith are all listed as out
Stat Sheet: Texans Passing Brock Osweiler 90-146 949 Yds 5 TDS, 6 Int Rushing Lamar Miller 93 Carries 351 Yards, Reciveing Will Fuller 19 Rec 323 Yards 2 TDS Vikings Sam Bradford 66-95 719 Yards 4 TDS, Rushing Jerrick McKinnon 37 138 Yards 1 TD, Receiving Stefon Diggs 25 Rec 372 Yds 1 TD
Series: Vikings have won all three meetings. This is the Texans second ever visit to Minnesota
The last Meeting: In week 16 of the 2012 season both teams were fighting for a playoff spot, but the Vikings defense registered 4 sacks, Blair Walsh nailed 3 field goals and the Vikings ground out a 23-6 win.
The Line: Vikings by 6½
Inside Info: The Vikings are riding high after another sharp performance on national TV, but now another key cog is down. Stefon Diggs is now out and the Vikings have to turn to other receiving sources. Look for Charles Johnson and Kyle Rudolph to have a bigger impact
Vikings win if: They need to get the running game going early. Without Stefon Diggs, look for Sam Bradford to connect with Kyle Rudolph even more. The defense will have to keep DeAndre Hopkins in check much like they kept Odell Beckham Jr. The defense must hit Osweiler and force him into mistakes
Texans win if: They keep the pressure on the offense to put points up. Osweiler
The Final Call: The Vikings are nothing if not resilient. The defense will keep the game tight and Bradford seems to do just enough to keep the offense moving. If this game was in Houston, the Texans might have a decided edge but the Bank is the edge and it’ll pay dividends with another tight win.
Vikings 17 Texans 13