The Minnesota Vikings start their season against the upstart Cincinnati Bengals. A lot of people believe that the Bengals QB Joe Burrow will turn this into a shootout. Can the Vikings secondary handle the Bengals wide receivers? Or will Joe Burrow start his season off with a win?
|Game: Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Location: Paul Brown StadiumDate: Sunday, September 12th
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
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The last time these teams faced off was in 2017. The Vikings won 34-7 and covered the -12.5 point spread. In that game, the Bengals had no answer for the Vikings rushing offense. One important thing to remember is that Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer knows this team. He was once the defensive coordinator.
What has changed is the quarterback situation, as Joe Burrow is more of a gunslinger than Andy Dalton. In 2017, Minnesota had a spectacular defense but has since regressed. In the offseason, Minnesota overhauled the defense, but we’ve yet to see the starters in action. In their last three meetings, Minnesota has done better against the spread, going 2-1. Two out of three games have gone under the total at the sportsbook. Minnesota -3.5 is the NFL Betting Odds for this game.
Next game: at Arizona Cardinals
The Minnesota Vikings went well under the expected total wins in 2020. They finished with a 7-9 record and had one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Paired with that was one of the lowest graded offensive lines in the NFL as well. The running game was good, but it was too heavy of a load on superstar Dalvin Cook. Kirk Cousins was rigid in the pocket, and overall the team looked sloppy.
Against the spread, through sixteen games the Minnesota Vikings covered only six times. In a total of 11 games out of 16, the total went over. This was due to the awful defense of the Minnesota Vikings.
There are two notable injuries on the Minnesota Vikings lineup, first is Tight End Irv Smith Jr. Irv Smith will be out for the remainder of the year for knee surgery. This puts Tyler Conklin in a starting role at the tight end position. Conklin has great hands, but isn’t very fast and doesn’t run routes as well as Smith. The other huge injury is to Anthony Barr, who’s listed as “questionable”. Barr is still dealing with a pectoral injury and if he’s out, coverage and QB pressure is going to suffer dearly.
Next game: at Chicago Bears
The Cincinnati Bengals’ season came to a close rather quickly when Joe Burrow tore his ACL. After that happened, the team didn’t have much hope. They finished the season with a 4-11-1 record and went back to the drawing board. It was only their second year under Head Coach Zac Taylor.
Although their season record looked awful, the Bengals were pretty good against the spread. In sixteen games they finished 9-7 against the spread, making them a confident team against NFL odds. They split the season in terms of over/under finishing the year with an 8-8 record against the total.
Trae Waynes, the Bengals starting defensive back is out. Waynes is familiar with the Vikings as he used to be a starter in Minnesota. More than likely, Eli Apple, the veteran defensive back will be tasked with guarding Adam Thielen.
Betting on the Game
The away team is actually the favored team here as Minnesota comes in -3.5. However, many believe that this game actually belongs to the Bengals. This is based on the poor defense of the Vikings in 2020, so it’s quite understandable. What they’re forgetting is that Dalvin Cook will spend the entire day decimating the Bengals front seven.
We understand that the 2020 season didn’t inspire many bettors to place wagers on Minnesota. However, the Bengals defense plays exactly into what the Vikings do best, run the football. The Vikings only need to cover the spread by four points. A late touchdown could be exactly what they need to take it over the spread.
The Bengals have been better against the spread, especially in 2020. Unfortunately, the team is a little outmatched here and an unreliable bet. In the future, the Bengals could very much be a reliable team to bet sports online.
When you go to betonline, you will find that the Bengals come in as a +105 Moneyline bet. If you believe the Bengals will win the game, these are great odds. However, if that’s how you feel it’d be better to take the Bengals +3.5 against the spread. The payoff will be much better there than it will if you take the Moneyline on Sunday.
This is where this game gets tricky, as most of the games went over the total for Minnesota in 2020. The difference this year is the complete defensive overhaul that we believe will perform much better in 2021. With a new group of corners and a strong front seven, don’t believe that the Vikings will surrender many points. When making NFL Predictions, this seems to be an under-pick.