NFL Picks: Minnesota Vikings NFL Futures Betting

Jordan Sharp

Friday, May 10, 2013 8:10 PM GMT

Here is a look at the Minnesota Vikings and how they compare to what odds makers have been valuing them at on their futures betting lines.


Minnesota Vikings future odds update

The Vikings may be one of the more improved teams in the NFL this season, but are the NFL Future Odds giving them any love? The Vikings were a shocker as a playoff team last season, and they have pushed the rest of their chips into the pot this offseason. For a team that was well undervalued last season, do you think they will once again hold value for our sports pick in the 2013 season?

Super Bowl (+5000)

Of all the playoff teams from a year ago, the Vikings have the worst Super Bowl odds of any of them by far. The Vikings are much lower than the next lowest 2012-playoff teams, the Colts and Bengals, both at 40/1. I see this as value emerging before our eyes. We obviously cant bet the Vikings to win the Super Bowl, but when the game odds come out, this team is going to provide a ton of value.

NFC (+2500)

They are getting some more love in the NFC odds than they are in the Super Bowl odds. The Vikings have improved a lot over the offseason, and will likely be a playoff contender for the duration of the 2013 season. The Vikings were great ATS last season after not a whole lot of hype, going 8-7-1 ATS. They ended up 5-2-1 ATS when playing at home last season and I expect more of the same this season. Adrian Peterson is probably set for another near-record breaking season, and the Vikings are well equipped to help him out along the way.

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My Take

I think the Vikings are extremely undervalued this season. They play the Lions on the road in Detroit as +3 underdogs as it stands in May, and I am already thinking about playing the Vikings straight up in that game. Minnesota was a 10-6 football team last season with a whole lot of nothing on their team besides AP. Think about what this team could accomplish with some talent around him.

Well they got some of that talent, signing Greg Jennings and drafting Cordarrelle Patterson. If Christian Ponder can deliver the ball to these guys on even a semi-consistent basis, the Vikings are bound for the playoffs once again. It’s too bad the Packers are going to be damn good this season either, or I would have the Vikings as one of my favorite division future odds bets in the entire NFL this season.

Minnesota did lose a few key pieces to free agency, and both were big players on defense. Antoine Winfield left for Seattle, and even though the veteran is slowing down, he still had over 101 total tackles and 3 interceptions last season. On top of Winfeid leaving, Jasper Brinkley also left for the west coast when he went to Arizona.

All in all, the Vikings will still have to rely on an unproven commodity in Ponder, but he showed signs last season and if he can get the ball to his multitude of new weapons, this team is going to be a great bet in September and beyond. 

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