Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Houston Texans-Minnesota Vikings Week 5 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Houston Texans (3-1) at (-6) Minnesota Vikings (4-0), 1 p.m.
Mike: Vikings. Not only are the Vikings 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games against teams with winning records, they’re also the best second-half team in the league. That defense wears you down and they just outlast teams.
Ricky: Vikings. This could be a statement win for the Texans, especially after getting dumptrucked by the Patriots just two weeks ago. But I’m still not convinced Houston is capable of that sort of thing. And Mike Zimmer’s Vikings team — particularly the defense — looks legit.
Andre: Vikings. In Armenian, the word “danz” means someone who is incompetent in their profession. Brock Osweiler is a danz. He has more interceptions than touchdowns and he’s going up against one of the league’s most violent defenses.
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