The total, meanwhile, has stayed under in seven of Baltimore's last eight home games.
Point spread: Ravens opened as 6-point favorites; the total was 43. (Line updates and matchup report)
Odds Shark computer prediction: 23.0-16.0 Ravens
Why the Vikings can cover the spread
Minnesota may have one of the league's worst records at 3-8-1, but the Vikings have played respectable football since the end of October. They're 2-3-1 in six games since Oct. 27 while they've covered four of those games.
Why the Ravens can cover the spread
Last week's win over division-rival Pittsburgh breathed new life into the Ravens, who are two games behind AFC North-leading Cincinnati and one game in front of the Steelers. Baltimore has done some of its best work at home, sporting a 5-1 mark compared to its 1-5 road mark.
They are 6-1-1 ATS in eight games against the Vikings and dominate at home when favored (30-2 SU run).
Believe it or not the smart play here is the road underdog. For Minnesota, every game is a big game, so there is no looking past these Ravens. But for Baltimore, this is one heck of a sandwich game following Pittsburgh and preceding NFC North-leading Detroit.
The Ravens then finish the season at home vs. New England and at Cincinnati. It's easy to see the Ravens overlooking the Vikes.
- Vikings are 1-6-1 ATS in their past eight games vs Baltimore.
- The total has gone UNDER in seven of Baltimore's last eight games at home.
- Ravens are 30-2 SU in their past 32 home games as favorites.