Well, the 2011-12 NFL season has been over for roughly 12 hours now, which means it's time to start speculating on the 2012-13 season, obviously. The folks that set the betting odds. . .which you should use for entertainment purposes only, mind you. . .apparently don't think much of the Minnesota Vikings' chances next season, which shouldn't be surprising.
The Vikings have opened as 75-to-1 shots to win Super Bowl XLVII, according to the folks at Bovada. Those are the same odds being given to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams. The only teams that are given less of a chance at this point are the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars, both of whom are listed at 100-to-1.
How does it look for the rest of the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers are the overall favorites at 5-to-1. . .and coming off of their brilliant post-season run, why wouldn't they be? Bovada has the Detroit Lions at 18-to-1, and they've got the Chicago Bears at 30-to-1. The New York Giants. . .you know, the team that just won the Super Bowl. . .are listed at 15-to-1, which puts them behind seven other teams.
Things get a little better if you check out the sportsbook at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. There, the Vikings are merely a 60-to-1 shot, giving them the same odds as the Oakland Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals. The teams behind them are Cleveland (75-to-1), Tampa Bay (100-to-1), the Washington Redskins (125-to-1), and Jacksonville (150-to-1). The MGM Grand has the New England Patriots as next year's favorites at 5-to-1, with the only team in NFL history to go at least 15-1 and not win a single playoff game right behind them at 11-to-2. The Giants are at 8-to-1 here, putting them behind four other teams. As far as the NFC North is concerned, the Bears are at 17-to-1 and the Lions are at 18-to-1.
So, the gambling community doesn't think much of the Minnesota Vikings' chances next season. But, as we're prone to say around here. . .