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Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds Preview

Adrian Peterson led the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs last year with an improbable 10-6 SU and 8-7-1 ATS record. His supporting cast won’t be much better than it was last year in 2013, so the elite running back will be called upon to carry his team into the playoffs again.

Odds to Win NFC North: +600 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 7.5 at Bovada
Betting Props: Adrian Peterson to win NFL MVP (15/1) at Bovada

Adrian Peterson was a one-man wrecking crew all season long, but took his game to another level down the stretch in leading Minnesota to a 4-0 SU and ATS finish over its last four games to secure a playoff spot just one year after going 3-13 SU. Peterson became just the seventh rusher in NFL history to eclipse 2000 yards rushing, falling just eight yards shy of the all-time record with 2,097 yards.

Peterson carried the offense all season long as Christian Ponder didn’t show many signs of development, passing for just 2,935 yards and 18 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. To help get the passing game going, the Vikings drafted wideout Cordarrelle Patterson and signed Greg Jennings. With Ponder at the helm and speedster Percy Harvin gone, though, this offense will once again only go as far as Peterson takes it.

Minnesota finished right around league average in both total yards and points allowed per game last season. The unit’s main weakness was against the pass, where the team ranked 24th in passing yards against allowing 244.3 yards per game. Minnesota spent its first two draft picks on defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes to help try to improve the defense.

On paper, the Minnesota Vikings don’t look like a playoff team, and are arguably the worst team in the NFC North. But Adrian Peterson tore the paper to shreds last season with his MVP campaign. Hungry for an impressive encore, Peterson is tough to bet against. But until the Vikings develop a passing game to complement their franchise back, it will be hard for Minnesota to keep up with the high-powered offenses in the NFC North and around the NFL.

NFC North Odds at Bovada as of August 4

Green Bay Packers -160
Chicago Bears +350
Detroit Lions +500
Minnesota Vikings +600