Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds – NFL Football Futures

Quick article and 2011 nfl prediction by our own Dave B. detailing the Minnesota Vikings 2011 Season win total odds for over under nfl betting futures…

Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds – NFL Football Futures

The Minnesota Vikings enter the 2011-2012 season with a very different team than the one that went 6-10 last season. A much rumored rebuild has been put aside for the time being in favor of some curious signings during the frenzied Free Agency period.

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A look at the numbers:

Last season – 6-10 SU, 6-10 ATS
Projection this season – 5-11 (4th in NFC North)
Vikings Super Bowl XLVI Odds: +4000
Vikings 2011/12 NFC Odds – +1500
2011 Vikings NFC North Lines – +900

Some players are gone and some have been added but it appears as though the result will be more of the same for the Vikes.

Donovan McNabb – a savior? How did that work out for the Redskins? McNabb was rescued from the scrap heap by a Minnesota team that was in dire need for someone to call the plays.

Although McNabb is certainly better than Joe Webb and could serve as a good mentor to draftee Christian Ponder, his 58.3% completion rate a career high 15 interceptions and his 77.1 passer rating from last season is nothing to ignore.

McNabb is clearly on the downside of his career and now faces the realization that he will be throwing the ball to Bernard Berian, Michael Jenkins and the “human headache” Percy Harvin. Hardly a group that will keep defenses honest! The loss of Sidney Rice looms large for this club as does the failure to address their poor offensive line during the offseason. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Thank goodness for Adrian Peterson who alone could make this team somewhat competitive. It is going to HAVE to be a busy year for Peterson – the rest of the offense is average at best.

Defensively the Vikings seem to have lost a step. Once one of the most feared units in the game, 2010-2011 exposed this group as aging, slow and somewhat overrated.

The Williams’ boys must return to form or this team will be in some serious trouble. The loss of Defensive End Ray Edwards could be one of the biggest factors on defense – he was fearsome, relentless and arguably Minnesota’s best defensive weapon from last season. Cornerback Cedric Griffin is also a huge question mark and hopes to return to form after two ACL tears in two consecutive seasons.

Vikings NFC North Prediction

Coach Leslie Frazier will certainly earn his money this season with the Minnesota Vikings.

There are a lot of “projects” on this team that need to work just to keep his team competitive. Adrian Peterson is worth a couple of wins all by himself and my gut feeling is that Donovan McNabb will be better than advertised. But the reality is that Minnesota just isn’t a very good team overall. They may eek out some wins against lesser competition this season but to think that they are a .500 team is an absolute dream.

It will be a long year in Minnesota – 6-10 is about the best that we can hope for!

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By DaveB

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