The sharps in Vegas (and all of the other places that allow some sort of gambling) have been putting together their over/unders for 2015 win totals for NFL teams for a while now, so let's take a look at what they've got for the Minnesota Vikings.
Over at CBS Sports, Will Brinson has taken a look at what number the oddsmakers have put on each team, and his article shows the Vikings sit at 7.5 wins in 2015. It appears that several sites, such as Bovada (7.5), 5 Dimes (7), and Bet Online (7) appear to be in the same state of mind, approximately.
(Lest you think I'm some sort of degenerate gambler that just knows a bunch of sports betting sites off the top of my head, those all come from the SB Nation NFL Odds Page.)
Here's what Brinson had to say about the Vikings.
The Vikings are a big-time playoff sleeper heading into 2015. Mike Zimmer did a nice job with this roster last year and this defense could be in for a huge season. It's stacked with young, impact players at nearly every position and they added Trae Waynes and Eric Kendricks early in the draft. Adrian Peterson is miffed at the team but if he comes out angry it's only going to benefit the offense. Teddy Bridgewater was outstanding down the stretch in 2014 (72.3 completion percentage and 273 yards per game in December) and Charles Johnson/Mike Wallace/Cordarrelle Patterson should be an improved trio over last year's receivers.
The *s, presumably, are all connected to Peterson's return.
So, in the Vikings' first year under Mike Zimmer, they played 12 of 16 games with a rookie at quarterback, had a defense that was learning a new scheme and didn't really come together until late, were adjusting to playing the majority of their games outdoors, and had the entire Adrian Peterson crap storm to worry about. . .
And the sharps think they're destined to win the same number of games in 2015 that they did in 2014?
Let me give out a rare bit of gambling advice here, ladies and gentlemen. . .if you can find a casino or a betting site or whatever that's still willing to give you the Vikings at 7 or 7.5 wins?
Jump. On. The. Over. Now. Before. They. Catch. On.
It's been rare to say this about the Minnesota Vikings over the past few years, but seriously. . .this team has too many positives going for it right now to believe that there won't be an improvement over what we saw in 2014. This should be some pretty easy money, quite frankly.