2012 NFL picks against the spread, Week 8: Expect a tight one in Minnesota

Hannah Foslien

We give our pick for the Thursday night game.

Another week of the NFL starts with Thursday Night Football. This week it pits the run-stuffing Tampa bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field. Minnesota is one of the league's biggest surprises and Tampa has a very good run defense, but has otherwise disappointed.

This is the line:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings (-7): we have seen week after week that the road team is at a heavy disadvantage in the Thursday night game.. This is where you have to like the Vikings. However, the one thing that the Vikings do is run the football with Adrian Peterson. Conversely, the best thing Tampa does is stuff the run. Yet the Vikings showed that they can win while being one-dimensional last week against the Cardinals. Even still, this will make for a very tightly contested game.

Pick: I like the Vikings to win, but tonight I am taking the points and going Bucs +7.

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