Vegas Isn't Too Optimistic for the Vikings in 2014

Not a Vegas teller booth for betting...but it might as well be. - Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

If you're a fan of betting (or even if you're not) the odds makers in Vegas have released their win total projections for all NFL teams.

A hat tip to the good folks at the National Football Post for putting this in my twitter feed, but the odds makers at LVH (Las Vegas Sports Book) have released their win total projections for all NFL teams for the 2014 NFL season.  The LVH is one of the premier sports books in the country.  And in what should come as no surprise, they're pretty down on the Vikings.  They predict the Vikings at only 6 wins in 2014.  For the gambling enthusiasts, they put the over at +105 and the under at -125.  This is actually a slight downgrade from a different sports book that Ted mentioned earlier.  In other words, one sports bookie pegged us at 6.5 wins, and then after the draft (who many viewed as being exceptionally good for the Vikings) Vegas predicts us for even less wins.  Go figure.

It's worth pointing out that this same institution set the Vikings win total for 2013 at 7.5, which at the time was viewed as horrendously low coming off a 10-6 playoff season in 2012.  As we all know we mustered only 5.5 wins last year and if you bet the under you would have made out like a bandit.  The LVH doesn't have their complete season point spreads released yet, but the National Football Post does detail a few of the Vikings' matchups that show up in LVH's "NFL Games of the Year".  They are listed below:

  • Week 1 vs St. Louis (+5.5)
  • Week 5 vs Green Bay (+9), on Thursday
  • Week 17 vs Chicago (+1)

Notice, we are underdogs in all three of these games, although the the final home game against Chicago is a virtual tie.  In any case, Vegas (and likely not too many other folks) is not expecting very good things from the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, so naturally we'll probably win the Super Bowl.

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