I understand that it's way, way too early to read a great deal into point spreads at this point in time. Some people might posit that point spreads are pretty much meaningless at any time. However, they can give a bit of a gauge of where people think the various NFL teams sit at this point of the offseason.
If things go the way that Vegas is currently projecting them for the Minnesota Vikings, it's going to be a very, very good season for the purple and their fans.
The folks from Cantor Technology have released their point spreads for every NFL game for Weeks 1-16, and their projections for our favorite football team are something that most of you are going to like. The Vikings are favored in all but two of the fifteen games they have on the board at this point.
Here's what the spreads look like as things stand right now:
Week 1: Minnesota (-3) at Tennessee Titans
Week 2: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota (pick 'em)
Week 3: Minnesota (+5.5) at Carolina Panthers
Week 4: New York Giants at Minnesota (-6)
Week 5: Houston Texans at Minnesota (-6)
Week 7: Minnesota (-1.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 8: Minnesota (-2.5) at Chicago Bears
Week 9: Detroit Lions at Minnesota (-6.5)
Week 10: Minnesota (-1.5) at Washington Redskins
Week 11: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota (-1.5)
Week 12: Minnesota (-2.5) at Detroit Lions
Week 13: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota (-4.5)
Week 14: Minnesota (-2.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 15: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota (-4)
Week 16: Minnesota (+4.5) at Green Bay Packers
The week 17 game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium is not on the board at this point. However, given that the Vikings are currently favored in the game between the two teams at Chicago, it's not a huge leap to assume they'd be favored at home if that game was currently on the board.
Going on that assumption. . .and the assumption that the Vikings should be favored in the U.S. Bank Stadium regular season opener in Week 2 (because suggesting they shouldn't be is ridiculous). . .if the Vikings win all of the games that Vegas shows them as the favorite in right now, they're a 14-2 football team. They'd go 8-0 at home and 6-2 on the road if everything falls the way Vegas says it's going to as things stand in this first week of June.
A 14-2 record might be a little pie-in-the-sky on the surface, but it honestly isn't a whole lot more than what I expect from this team this season. How does this match up with your expectations for the 2016 Vikings?