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Vikings In Rare Spot As Massive Home Faves

The Minnesota Vikings may be the class of the NFC this season and sportsbooks have recognized that. The Vikings will be double-digit home favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, the first time the purple and gold have been in that spot since September 26, 2010. This is also a rare spot for the Bengals, as they have not been double-digit road dogs since November 25, 2010.

Shark Bites
  • The Vikings are allowing 13.8 ppg in their 6 home games this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Vikings’ last 7 games.
  • The favored team is 4-0 SU and ATS in the last 4 games in this matchup.

The Vikings are coming off just their third loss of the season, as they struggled to stop the run against Carolina. The Panthers offense rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 6.0 yards per carry. However, the Vikings get to face an anemic Bengals rushing offense that is second-last in the NFL in yards on the ground.

Defense has kept the Bengals in many games this season but recent struggles have caused the team to lose its past two. The Bengals have given up 56 points and 868 yards in their past two games – including a dreadful outing that saw them get stomped by the Chicago Bears.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Cincinnati Bengals were listed as 10-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 41.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game picked a potential 37-9 result in favor of the Vikings. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Minnesota Vikings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Cincinnati Bengals have seen them go 5-8 and 7-6 ATS so far this season, while the Minnesota Vikings are at 10-3 and 9-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Vikings are 7-6, while the Bengals are 6-5-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Cincinnati injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Vikings at No. 8 and the Bengals at No. 17 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Vikings' No. 8-ranked offense (24.64 PPG) against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that ranks No. 10 at 19.55 PPG. The Vikings passing attack has averaged 251.27 yards per game, more than the Bengals give up through the air (203.82 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Bengals feature the league's No. 18-rated road run defense, allowing 116.83 yards per game. The Vikings, meanwhile, rank No. 9 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cincinnati was hammered in its last outing, as Chicago ran up a 33-7 score against them at Paul Brown Stadium.

Adam Thielen hauled in 6 passes for 105 yards against the Carolina defense in the team's last game, but the result was a 31-24 loss against the Panthers on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Minnesota is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
  • Minnesota is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cincinnati home to Detroit, Sunday, December 24
Minnesota at Green Bay, Saturday, December 23

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