Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds

Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds

Best in Recent Memory

Last year the Minnesota Vikings played their best regular season since 1998, going 13-3 and clinching a first-round bye. They defeated the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoffs with a miraculous last-second 61-yard touchdown pass caught by Stephon Diggs that put the Vikings ahead 29-24 as time expired. They went on to lose the next game against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. This year the Vikings are banking on the addition of quarterback Kirk Cousins and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to help get them over the edge and back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1976. The Minnesota Vikings betting is as good as it has ever been this season. A lot is expected of this team after last year's success. The addition of Cousins only adds to the hype and hope that the rabid Minnesota fan base is building around their 2018 Vikings.

Arrival of Cousins

In the offseason, the Vikings declined to re-up 2017 quarterbacks Case Keenum and Sam Bradford off when the opportunity to sign Cousins arrived. They offered Cousins a deal he couldn't refuse, an NFL record $84 million over 3 years, making him the highest-paid player on a per-year basis in NFL History. A bonafide NFL star, Cousins has spent the last 6 seasons with the Washington Redskins, where he compiled 16,206 yards passing and a 93.7 QB rating over that time. He started out as the backup to Robert Griffin III, and took over the starting job in 2015 and never let go. Over the course of the last three seasons in Washington, he has solidified his reputation as one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Vikings betting odds were already good before they nabbed Cousins, and now after weeks of OTAs and training camps, Cousins is apparently poised to deliver even better odds for the Vikings going into 2018. They have the second-best odds to win the NFC, behind only the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. For more information about Minnesota Vikings betting, visit our NFL Sportsbook.

The Best of the Rest

Outside of Cousins, the Minnesota Vikings are bringing more or less the same players to the field for 2018. They picked up cornerback Mike Hughes out of UCF, where he was an integral part of their winning the 2017 National Championship. Hughes spent only one year there before declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. Other than that, the team is basically the same for 2017. Latavius Murray returns as running back for his 2nd season with the Vikings after leading the team with 842 rushing yards in 2017. Minnesota native Adam Thielen also returns at wide receiver along with Stephon Diggs and Kyle Rudolf. That trio was responsible for giving the Vikings the 11th-best passing offense in the NFL, with an average of 234.6 yards per game. On defense, the Vikings were even better, ranking first in the NFL in yards per game at 275.9. Defensive end Everson Griffin led the team in sacks (13) and forced fumbles (3) while Eric Kendrics lead the team in tackles with 113. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph lead the team in combined tackles with 68, which was also good enough for 4th overall in the league. For their effort, both Griffin and Thielen were named to the 2018 Pro Bowl as starters.