The Minnesota Vikings underperformed in 2020, as the team finished the season with a 7-9 record. People who considered the Vikings for their NFL betting purposes found that the Vikings didn’t do very well against the spread.
The team did go over the point total in most of their games, but that came from the defense giving up too many points. The Vikings have a chance to be more competitive in 2021, but they will need to work harder in finding new pass defenders.
How They Did Against the Spread
The Minnesota Vikings went 6-10 ATS in 2020, making them one of the toughest choices around for NFL betting purposes. Many of the team’s games were closer than people expected, including ones where the Vikings were competing in what should have been blowouts. The Vikings lost to both the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks by one point this year.
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The team also could not contend well in games where they were heavily favored. The Vikings had a -7 line against the Dallas Cowboys, but the Cowboys won by a field goal. The Vikings also had a -10.5 line in a match with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Vikings were forced into overtime during that game.
How the Overs Went
The Vikings had an 11-5 record in the over/under this past season. This value was the third-highest total in the NFL. But much of the Vikings’ ability to go over the total came from the defense not performing well. While the Vikings scored 26.9 points per game, the defense gave up 29.7 points per game, the fourth-highest in the league this season.
The Vikings gave up at least thirty points in seven games this season. The team surrendered 52 points to the New Orleans Saints late in the season, singlehandedly surpassing the over/under of 48.5 for that game. They also gave up 43 points to the Green Bay Packers in their first game of the season.
The team did score at least thirty points in six games this year. The sportsbooks likely kept the totals for the Vikings low throughout the season because the team struggled as the season began. The team started the season 1-5.
The club would get back in the playoff hunt midway through the season, but it wasn’t enough to get the Vikings into a wild card spot. The lack of touchdowns from players other than Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen and Dan Bailey’s general kicking struggles didn’t help.
What to See in 2021
The Minnesota Vikings have hope in 2021. While the Green Bay Packers are the clear favorites in the NFC North with a -210 line to win that division, the Vikings are in second with a +320 record.
The Vikings also have a +4400 line to win Super Bowl LVI. The value is in the middle of the pack. You can expect the Vikings to have an efficient offense in 2021, especially with Cook and Thielen continuing to be threats. Klint Kubiak also joins the team as its new offensive coordinator.
But the Vikings will need to repair the club’s defense if it wants to contend in 2021. The team’s weak pass defense will need to be refreshed if the team wants to win more games against the spread and become a better team for NFL betting purposes in 2021.
The team will compete against clubs in the NFC West and AFC North next season. Those two divisions have top-rate quarterbacks like Kyler Murray, Matthew Stafford, and Lamar Jackson in the fold.
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*Odds correct at time of writing.
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