Should You Bet On The Minnesota Vikings 2014?

Should You Bet On The Minnesota Vikings In 2014?

The Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1 SU, 9-7 ATS, 12-4 O/U) will enter the 2014 NFL regular season looking to head in a new direction (again) after failing former head coach Leslie Frazier miserably in 2013.

The Vikes will now look to improve and get back to being respectable at the least under widely respected head coach and former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, but doing so certainly won’t be an easy task. Throw in Norv Turner and this team can go any where. Click here for more football betting odds.

This expert analysis on Minnesota ‘s upcoming 2014 campaign will give you the insight you’ll need in order to cash in on each and every Vikings matchup this coming season.

Betting On the Minnesota Vikings to Win the 2015 Super Bowl

Analysis: In order for the Viking to win Super Bowl 49, they’d have to miraculously have every single thing go right for them – and everything go seriously wrong fro every other NFC title contender and that’s just not going to happen – at least this coming season.

Minnesota’s new head coach this season inherits a wealth of problems that all manifested itself last season and will have to improve a horrific defense that ranked 31st overall (399.2 ypg) and 31st against the pass (288.8 ypg).

In addition to that, the Vikes also have to fix an offense that was laughingly lopsided last season as they finished eighth in rushing thanks to all-world running back Adrian Peterson, but just 23rd in passing as they played musical chairs at quarterback.

Right now, Minnesota fans should be worried about this team just getting back to being respectable. There’s no way that the Vikings reach Super Bowl 49, so save your money here against the NFL Super Bowl futures odds.

Betting On the Minnesota Vikings to Win the NFC North

  • Green Bay Packers -150
  • Chicago Bears +250
  • Detroit Lions +375
  • Minnesota Vikings +3000

Analysis: Minnesota made a couple of really good draft picks by nabbing outside linebacker Anthony Barr with the ninth pick in the draft and polarizing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd overall draft pick. The former Louisville signal-caller is a player that was expected to contend for being the No. 1 overall draft pick at one point and one that could very well turn out to be a gem of a find for Minnesota.

Despite their season-long struggles to stop their opponents and move the ball through the air, the Vikings somehow managed a way to go 2-3-1 SU and 4-2 ATS against their NFC North division rivals. Having said that, there is still no way that Minnesota wins the division this coming season so you should save your money on these futures odds as well. I expect Green Bay to win this division with both, Chicago and Detroit competing for a Wild Card playoff berth.

I really like Mike Zimmer and believe he’s going to get things turned around in Minnesota at some point…just not this season. I can see the Vikes going 2-4 or 3-3 at best against their division foes in 2014, but that’s about it.

Betting On the Minnesota Vikings to Win In Week One

  • St. Louis Rams -6 at Minnesota
  • Over/Under 45

Analysis: The St. Louis Rams are also looking for some improvements after going 7-9 last season and they’re a lot closer to being a playoff contender than you can imagine – even if they do play in the league’s toughest division.

Minnesota went 5-3 at home last season and I think this is a contest they’ll at least cover the spread in, if not win outright. Minnesota has gone 5-4-1 SU and a blistering 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games as an under between 4.0 and 6.0 points and I believe the Rams’ offense could struggle a bit against a defense I expect to be improved simply because of the emotional Zimmer’s arrival.

Minnesota is 7-3 SU and ATS in its last 10 home games while St. Louis has gone 3-7 SU and 4-6 ATS in its L/10 road games. Besides, as it stand right now, I’d take Vikes’ starting quarterback Matt Cassel over the Rams’ Sam Bradford every day of the week despite the fact that Bradford has the far bigger arm and upside at this point of their respective careers.

Take the Minnesota Vikings to cover the spread in their Week 1 matchup against the St. Louis Rams.

My Pick: Minnesota Vikings +6 Points

Minnesota Vikings Betting Tips

Did You Know that the Minnesota Vikings have gone a robust 7-3 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in their L/10 games against NFC West division opponents?

Analysis: Once again, Minnesota has been a very solid home team to bet on, having gone 7-3 SU and ATS in its last 10 home games.

If you can get the Vikings this season as an underdog between 2.0 and 4.0 points, you’d better back them with the NFC North franchise going 8-2 SU and ATS in their last 10 such contests.

I think it’s possible that Minnesota will get involved in high-scoring affairs this season against Atlanta, Detroit, Buffalo, Washington and the New York jets while playing in low-scoring affairs against St. Louis, Green Bay, Chicago and Carolina.

The Vikes could potentially rout the Redskins and Jets while suffering their own convincing defeats against New England, New Orleans, Green Bay and Detroit.

In the end, an eight-win season would be a good campaign for the Minnesota Vikings. Expecting anything beyond that (if that) would be foolish for a team that is undoubtedly in rebuilding mode.

Minnesota Vikings Projected 2014 Starters

 

Offense

Defense

QB

Matt Cassel

DE

Brian Robison

RB

Adrian Peterson

DT

Linval Joseph

WR1

Greg Jennings

DT

Sharrif Floyd

WR2

Cordarrelle Patterson

DE

Everson Griffen

WR3

Jarius Wright

SLB

Anthony Barr

TE

Kyle Rudolph

WLB

Chad Greenway

LT

Matt Kalil

CB1

Xavier Rhodes

LG

Charlie Johnson

CB2

Captain Munnerlyn

C

John Sullivan

CB3

Josh Robinson

RG

Brandon Fusco

SS

Jamarca Sanford

RT

Phil Loadholt

FS

Harrison Smith

NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49

  • Seattle Seahawks +525
  • Denver Broncos +640
  • San Francisco 49ers +700
  • New England Patriots +900
  • Green Bay Packers +1200
  • New Orleans Saints +1600
  • Indianapolis Colts +2000
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2700
  • Cincinnati Bengals +3100
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +3500
  • Baltimore Ravens +3700
  • Atlanta Falcons +3800
  • Chicago Bears +3800
  • NY Giants +4000
  • Arizona Cardinals +4200
  • Carolina Panthers +4400
  • Kansas City Chiefs +4400
  • San Diego Chargers +4500
  • St. Louis Rams +5000
  • Detroit Lions +5000
  • Washington Redskins +5200
  • Dallas Cowboys +6000
  • Houston Texans +6000
  • Miami Dolphins +6000
  • NY Jets +7500
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7500
  • Cleveland Browns +9000
  • Minnesota Vikings +11000
  • Buffalo Bills +12500
  • Tennessee Titans +20000
  • Oakland Raiders +25000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +30000
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