Minnesota Vikings Betting Primer: Super Bowl Odds, Win Total, More
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Minnesota Vikings Odds
If you’re new to betting, the Vikings’ +2800 Super Bowl odds mean a $100 bet would net $2,800 if they won. [Convert odds using our betting odds calculator.]
The Vikings are coming off a 10-6 campaign and enter the 2020 NFL season with a 9-win total. Sean Koerner analyzes that below.
Vikings Win Total
Sean Koerner, the Director of Predictive Analytics at Action, breaks down how he’s betting the Cardinals’ win total.
Kirk Cousins is going to miss Stefon Diggs.
I don’t think people realize just how much better Diggs makes quarterbacks look, especially when it comes to deep passing. Last year, Cousins was on target for 76% of pass attempts of 20 or more yards to Diggs. But when targeting other pass catchers, Cousins was around league-average at 43%. Diggs’ elite ability to track the ball is likely the main reason for the difference.
Without Diggs, the Vikings’ run-heavy offense may be easier for defenses contain, which will put even more pressure on head coach Mike Zimmer to ensure the defense remains a top-10 unit.
Complicating whether Zimmer can do that is the loss of four defensive veterans: Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph and Trae Waynes. Rhodes was arguably the worst corner in the NFL, so his loss may actually help them. However, there’s some uncertainty about how well this new unit will perform, so I’m projecting the Vikings closer to an 8-8 team entering the season.