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Week 4 Preview: Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans

Previewing the match-up between the Minnesota Vikings visiting the Houston Texans, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 4 PREVIEWS:
DEN @ NYJ | NO @ DET | LAC @ TB | JAX @ CIN | MIN @ HOU | SEA @ MIA | CLE @ DAL | ARZ @ CAR
IND @ CHI | BAL @ WAS | NYG @ LAR | NE @ KC | BUF @ LV | PHI @ SF | ATL @ GB

Minnesota Vikings @ Houston Texans
When: 10/4 @ 1:00pm
Watch: FOX
Point Spread: Vikings +4
Over/Under: 53.5
Moneyline: Texans -190 | Vikings +165

Vikings Key Injuries: Oli Udoh, T, Finger (Q), Kris Byrd, DB, Hamstring (Q), Mike Hughes, CB, Neck (Q), Cameron Dantzler, CB, Ribs (Q), Danielle Hunter, DE, Neck (IR), Troy Dye, LB, Foot (IR), Anthony Barr, OLB, Pectoral (IR), Pat Elfein, G, Thumb (IR), Myles Dorn, S, Undisclosed (IR), Kenny Willekes, DE, Leg (IR), Ben Gedeon, OLB, Undisclosed (PUP), Quentin Poling, LB, Undisclosed (Q)
Texans Key Injuries: Will Fuller, WR, Hamstring (Q), Gareon Conley, CB, Ankle (IR), P.J. Hall, DE, Groin (Q), Zach Cunningham, ILB, Groin (Q), Charles Omenihu, DE, Knee (Q), Isaiah Coulter, WR, Neck (IR), Cullen Gillaspia, RB, Hamstring (Q), A.J. Moore, S, Hamstring (IR), Peter Kalambayi, LB, Hamstring (Q), Kahale Warring, TE, Undisclosed (IR), Duke Ejiofor, LB, ACL (IR)

NOTES: Quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns vs. two interceptions for 96.4 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in six of his past seven vs. AFC. Running back Dalvin Cook had 199 scrimmage yards (career-high 181 rush, 18 receiving) and a rushing touchdown last week. Is one of two (Christian McCaffery) with 5+ games (5) of 170+ scrimmage yards since 2019. Has rushing touchdown in three of his past four on road and seven of his past eight overall. Is one of five runningbacks with 15+ rushing touchdowns (17) since 2019. Wide receiver Adam Thielen had receiving touchdowns in Week 3. Had seven catches for 127 yards and a touchdown catch in last meeting. Has 50+ receiving yards in two of his three career road games vs. AFC South. Rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson set career highs with seven catches for 175 yards, incl. 71-yard touchdown catch, most receiving yards by Minnesota rookie since HOFer Randy Moss (190 receiving yards in Week 5, 1998). Tight end Kyle Rudolph had touchdown catch in Week 3. Had receiving touchdown in five of his past six on road.

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue had sack and forced fumble last week. Has 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and fumble recovered in his past two at Hou. Aims for his third in row at Hou. with 1.5 sacks. Aims for his fifth in row on road vs. AFC South with sack and sixth in row overall vs. AFC South with a forced fumble. Linebacker Eric Kendricks led team with 10 tackles and had pass deflection last week. Is one of two (Myles Jack) with 10+ tackles in each of first three games of 2020. Aims for his fifth in row vs. AFC South with 8+ tackles. Safety Harrison Smith had nine tackles, TFL and INT last week. Had sack and forced fumble in only career game at Hou. (12/23/12). Since 2014, is only defensive back with 15+ interceptions (19) & 10+ sacks (12). Safety Anthony Harris had eight tackles and pass deflection last week. Has pass deflection in three of his past four on road.

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Ethan was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. He's a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. He is an avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and UFC. Since the return of sports, he has glued his eyes open only to experience continuous failure amongst his Philadelphia sports team.

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