We're only eight days away from the official start to the 2015 NFL season. But football gambling season has already hit its stride! If you're like me you have already started putting some cash down on your fantasy football teams. Of course there is an infinite amount of other ways to wager on America's most popular sport. There are preseason Super Bowl bets, over/under win totals, and award predictions to wager on all before a single regular season snap is taken. If you can dream an NFL scenario up, chances are you can bet on it.
One of the more interesting ways to wager on the NFL season is player prop bets. If you think a certain player is poised to have an amazing statistical year or is bound to fall short of expectations, you can back your opinion financially. The folks at Bovada recently posted their NFL season player prop bets, which included a handful about certain Vikings players. Here are the over/unders they have listed for Minnesota:
Adrian Peterson - Total Rushing & Receiving TD's in the 2015 Regular Season: 11.5
Adrian Peterson - Total Rushing Yards in the 2015 Regular Season: 1,250
Mike Wallace - Total Receiving TD's in the 2015 Regular Season: 6.5
Mike Wallace - Total Receiving Yards in the 2015 Regular Season: 850
Teddy Bridgewater - Total Interceptions in the 2015 Regular Season: 14.5
Teddy Bridgewater - Total Passing yards in the 2015 Regular Season: 4,000
Teddy Bridgewater - Total TD Passes in the 2015 Regular Season: 21.5
At first glance, both of Peterson's numbers seem a little low to me. Barring injury or another suspension, AP should be able to hit those numbers by December. (Of course if you look at his career averages for rushing yards and touchdowns, both numbers are pretty close to the prop bets. The guys that set these numbers know what they're doing.) Wallace's numbers are tough to predict simply because we haven't seen a ton from him in the preseason. I think Bridgewater's touchdown number should be pretty easy to hit but I could see his final stats falling on either side of the interception and yardage projections.
If you want your Vikings wagers to have a higher rate of return, you can always put your money down on these season bets too:
Adrian Peterson to win NFL MVP: +1200 (meaning you would win $1,200 for every $100 you bet)
Teddy Bridgewater to lead the NFL in passing yardage: +7500
Adrian Peterson to lead the NFL in rushing yardage: +350 (Lowest odds of anyone in the league. Next lowest is +800)
The Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs: +180
The Minnesota Vikings miss the playoffs: -220 (Meaning you'd have to bet $220 to win $100, which means Vegas still thinks Minnesota will miss the playoffs)
The Minnesota Vikings win more than 7.5 games: -250
The Minnesota Vikings win fewer than 7.5 games: +195 (which means a lot of money is coming in on the "over" bet)
What do you think of these props? Are there any that stand out as "easy money"? Have any of you actually put your actual money down on any of them? (You know, if gambling is legal where you live, of course.) Let us know in the comments.