Dog to Offer NFL Betting Value in Patriots vs. Vikings

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 3:55 PM GMT

The NFL betting odds for Week 2's battle between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots have been released, and they once again show Adrian Peterson and company as underdogs.

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The lines remain in the same realm as they were earlier in the week, as the Patriots are still favored on NFL odds  at either 3 or 3.5 points. The total is right around 49 to 49.5 points.

New England is coming off a disappointing showing in a Week 1 loss at Miami. The Patriots got off to a great start, but let one get away against a division opponent.

Now the Patriots get a crack at a Vikings team that looked fantastic in a drubbing of the Rams on the road. Mike Zimmer's head coaching debut for Minnesota couldn't have gone any better.

When we look at the line, we can't help but think the value is with the Patriots, despite the results from last weekend. 

In truth, we don't see New England opening up the season 0-2. This team is far too talented to let one loss get in its way, so we expect the Patriots to bounce back in style and grab the cover in the process.

Take Brady and company to cash.

NFL Pick: Patriots -3 at 5Dimes

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Surprised by the fact it's the Vikings that have opened up 1-0 and not Tom Brady and the Patriots? The Vikings looked strong in their first game under new coach Mike Zimmer, which is why they've opened as three-point favorites at the top sportsbooks like Pinnacle. A couple sites also have a line of 3.5 available, for those thinking New England will cover.

Both offenses have their fair share of playmakers, so we can't be taken aback by a total of 49, which has been posted early in the week.

Minnesota Vikings in 2014-15 regular season: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, +28.0 margin of victory

New England Patriots in 2014-15 regular season: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, -13.0 margin of victory

The Vikings get an A+ across the board for their showing in Week 1, as they crushed the Rams 34-6. If you can believe, Minnesota was a three-point dog in the NFL odds.

Individually, there were a number of standouts, namely Matt Cassel (17-of-25 for 170 yards and two touchdowns), Cordarrelle Patterson (128 total yards and a score), and Greg Jennings (six catches for 58 yards and a TD). Adrian Peterson didn't have his best of games, but still finished with 93 total yards in the dominant win.

Considering they only allowed six points, albeit to a St. Louis team missing Sam Bradford, the plaudits should mostly go to the Vikings defense, which looked energized and up for the challenge throughout.

It wasn't a day to remember for New England this past Sunday, as the team lost by 13 in Miami. Ahead of kickoff, the Patriots were favored by 3.5 points.

It was a strong start for Bill Belichick's team, who raced out to a 20-10 lead at halftime. The wheels fell off in the second half though, as New England was out-scored 23-0 to finish as 33-20 losers on the road.

The Patriots run game (89 yards) was stuffed for the most part, and Brady certainly didn't have his most efficient outing, hitting on only 29-of-56 attempts for 249 yards in the defeat. Julian Edelman (six catches for 95 yards) was busy, while Rob Gronkowski caught four balls for 40 yards and a touchdown. That's a very encouraging sign for New England.

Week 1 was full of surprises, and while the Patriots have things to work on, it's tough not to like the idea of getting to back them as NFL odds underdogs here in Week 2. Will it be New England that gets our backing with our NFL picks?