The odds of the 2021 Vikings in Vegas haven’t changed at all in months
After the initial purple dust settled on free agency – then headlined by the additions of cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson – the Minnesota Vikings win-lose odds by betting sportsmen have settled around 8.5 wins. For the team’s spectators, that number was considerably low as people presume that with a return to normal in defense for head coach Mike Zimmer – the rest of the company should thrive.
But Nope said the punters. This The 8.5 win mark is pretty stiff.
He hasn’t even moved after the 2021 NFL Draft, an event that garnered much praise for the Vikings after a chance trade that landed Christian Darrisaw, Kellen Mond and Wyatt Davis. Sports news obtained an “A” grade for Minnesota after the draft. Professional football network sent an ‘A’ Viking style, too much.
For now, the Vikings live in the same predicted winning territory as teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals – organizations that all revolve around an eight or nine win prediction.
GM Rick Spielman has allocated an entire offseason to defensive free agency-only operations. The only offensive move Spielman made was trading a 6th round draft pick at the Arizona Cardinals for offensive center guard Mason Cole. The rest of the free agency work focused on defense. Here are the new faces:
- Mackensie Alexander (CB)
- Bashaud Breeland (CB)
- Amari Henderson (CB)
- Parry Nickerson (CB)
- Patrick Peterson (CD)
- Sheldon Richardson (DT)
- Tye Smith (CB)
- Dalvin Tomlinson (DT)
- Nick Vigil (LB)
- Stephen Weatherly (DE)
- Xavier Woods (S)
And here is the full draw:
- OT Christian darrisaw – Virginie Tech
- QB Kellen Mond – Texas A&M
- KG Chazz Surratt – North Carolina
- g Wyatt davis – Ohio State
- OF Patrick jones ii – Pittsburgh
- RB Kene Nwangwu – State of Iowa
- S Camryn Bynum – California
- EDGE Janarius Robinson – Florida State
- WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette – Iowa
- YOU Zach Davidson – Central Missouri
- DT Jalen twyman – Pittsburgh
The strategy is simple. The Vikings’ offense in the pandemic season won the league’s third-most yards, along with the 11th-most runs scored. But the defense was unbearable, marred by injuries to Danielle Hunter, Michael Pierce, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Mike Hughes. Statistically, Minnesota was the fourth-worst in the industry in runs allowed and the sixth-worst in yards allowed. As a result, Spielman chose to leave the Viking offensive alone, relying on continuity rather than change – aside from the family exchange of father Gary Kubiak with his son Klint Kubiak as the offensive coordinator. . Father Kubiak retired after a two-year hiatus with Zimmer and the Vikings.
In 2020, the Vikings have unmistakably proven that they can find a 7-9 record with one hell of a good offense and smelly defense. The implication from the bettors is that the defense overhaul is only really good for about one more win – an odd theory for a team that placed second in the NFL defensively from 2014 to 2019 in allowed points. In the six years leading up to the wacky pandemic season, only the New England Patriots have allowed fewer points than Minnesota in defense.
So play it more than now. Indeed, the Vikings have a delicate schedule, but 8.5 wins is little for a team that has the knack of reaching the playoffs every two years. Minnesota is expected.
Plus, the Vikings’ main nemesis quarterback might not even play for that Wisconsin ball club.