The One Where I Support Your Gambling Problem, If You Have One

I have one final stadium piece coming. . .eventually. . .but for now I want to do another football-related post. You know, just to see if I actually remember how.

We're a couple of weeks removed from the draft, rookie camps and mini-camps are going on, rosters are nowhere near set, and there are a ton of other unknowns to take into consideration at the moment. So, it makes perfect sense that the National Football Post is already bringing us point spreads. And not just for Week One. . .oh, no, we have point spreads for every game for the first 16 weeks of the 2012 NFL season already. Hey, I guess bookmakers need something to do, too, right?

As you can imagine, the powers that be at the casinos are not terribly kind to our favorite football team. How unkind? After the jump, I'll give you the rundown of the Minnesota Vikings' odds for each of their first fifteen games. Yes, I know this is ridiculously early, but it's still kind of fun to look at.

Week 1 - Vikings 4-point favorites at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 2 - Vikings 2 1/2-point underdogs at the Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 - Vikings 4 1/2-point underdogs at home against the San Francisco 49ers
Week 4 - Vikings 9-point underdogs at the Detroit Lions (Really? After the two games last year? Seems like a lot.)
Week 5 - Vikings are a pick 'em at home against the Tennessee Titans
Week 6 - Vikings 4-point underdogs at the Washington Redskins
Week 7 - Vikings 1-point favorites at home against the Arizona Cardinals
Week 8 - Vikings 3-point favorites at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 9 - Vikings 5 1/2-point underdogs at the Seattle Seahawks
Week 10 - Vikings 3 1/2-point underdogs at home against the Detroit Lions
Week 11 - Bye (Vikings favored slightly)
Week 12 - Vikings 7 1/2-point underdogs at the Chicago Bears
Week 13 - Vikings 13 1/2-point underdogs at the Green Bay Packers
Week 14 - Vikings 2 1/2-point underdogs at home against the Chicago Bears
Week 15 - Vikings 3-point underdogs at the St. Louis Rams
Week 16 - Vikings 10-point underdogs at the Houston Texans

No point spreads for Week 17 yet because, come on now, that would just be silly.

So, yeah. . .not a whole lot of love for the Minnesota Vikings here. Of course, at this time last year, the Cincinnati Bengals were pegged as one of the worst teams in the National Football League (they made the playoffs), and anyone that had San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game at this time last year was probably either a) lying to you or b) happens to have the last name of Harbaugh.

This isn't a 2 or 3-win football team in 2012, Vegas be damned.

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