The Minnesota Vikings (3-1) host the Tennessee Titans (1-3) in a game where the bruised visitors are looking to steal a win from a Vikings team out-performing expectations.
Sunday's game should have been an intriguing match-up between two sophomore QBs but, alas, an injury to Jake Locker derailed that plan. Minnesota QB Christian Ponder hasn't been throwing for eye-popping numbers, but he's routinely been doing enough to win on Sundays as he led the Vikings to a 3-1 record.
Pair his efficient passing with Adrian Peterson, who is still one of the best RBs in the NFL, and it forms a dangerous concoction.
A hard hit grounded Tennessee QB Jake Locker last week, resulting in a separated shoulder. Luckily for the Titans, they have an established backup, as veteran Matt Hasselbeck performed well in limited time as he completed 68 percent of his passes on route to a 84.2 QB rating.
It's clear though that much of the wind had been taken out of Tennessee's sails following Locker's injury. The young QB was coming off a 378-yard performance against Detroit, and looked to be becoming the player the Titans hoped when they drafted him. Locker isn't a running QB, per se, but he is extremely mobile. Matt Hasselbeck is not, which should allow the Vikings' pass rush to get to him on Sunday.
Where: Mall of America Field – Minneapolis
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET
TV: CBS, DIRECTV channel 712
Odds: Minnesota favored by 5.5 points