The Minnesota Vikings knocked out Aaron Rodgers with an injury then moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North with a win over the Packers. Anthony Barr changed the landscape of the division with his hit on Rodgers, breaking the QBs collarbone and the hearts of all Green Bay followers. The Vikings aim to keep a share of the division lead when they take on the Baltimore Ravens in a Week 7 tilt.
Without Rodgers in the game, the Vikings turned up the pressure on backup Brett Hundley and the defense dominated the remainder of the contest. It’s the best group in the division and one of the best in the league, which will help the Vikings as they are now the frontrunners to win the NFC North title. Harrison Smith was all over the field picking up 1.5 sacks on safety blitzes, picking up his third interception of the year and breaking up a pair of passes.
Questions remain about the offense and if Case Keenum is the guy to lead the club. He is for now as Sam Bradford remains out with his knee issue. Once considered a weak point on the club, the quarterback spot is in line for an upgrade with Teddy Bridgewater returning to practice this week. He’s still a ways off from playing, but the Vikings have to be excited to get their former starter back on the field after sustaining a gruesome leg injury prior to the start of last season.
2017 Record: 4-2
2017 ATS Record: 3-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 2-4
Current Super Bowl Odds: +2000
Current Odds to Win NFC: +1600
Current Odds to Win NFC North: -150
Current NFL Odds: Vikings -5.5
Over/Under Total: 40
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Week 6: Vikings 23, Packers 10
ATS Result: Vikings +3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
It was a defensive gem from the Vikings and the over never had a chance. They knocked out Rodgers, picked off three passes and collected four sacks while holding Green Bay to 227 total yards. Jerick McKinnon scored two touchdowns and Kai Forbath kicked three field goals to supply enough points as the Vikings won outright as a 3-point dog.
Week 5: Vikings 20, Bears 17
ATS Result: Bears +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
Keenum provided a spark and the defense pulled the shades on Mitchell Trubisky’s debut by flipping a pair of turnovers into points, including the game-winning field goal with seconds left. Minnesota limited the prized rookie to just 128 yards and the conservative game-plan never put the over in trouble. Keenum led the Vikes on a touchdown drive to open the second half, but Smith’s interception put the Minnesota in prime position for the SU win.
Week 4: Lions 14, Vikings 7
ATS Result: Lions +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
The defense played well enough to get a win, but the Vikings couldn’t create anything offensively and suffered a huge blow when Cook went down. The game swung on turnovers with the Lions scoring 11 points off two of the Vikes’ three miscues. Detroit’s D did the rest, not allowing Minnesota to dent the scoreboard or cover the 2.5-point spread.
Week 3: Vikings 34, Buccaneers 17
ATS Result: Vikings PK
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41
The Vikings scored on their first possession and used a 21-0 run into the third quarter to turn this one into a rout, easily cashing the over. The Bucs were a bit shorthanded defensively, which had a hand in Keenum’s numbers, but not many full-strength defenses could have stopped him on this day.
Week 2: Steelers 26, Vikings 9
ATS Result: Steelers -8.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
The line opened at Minnesota +6.5 and climbed as high as +9.5 with news that Bradford wouldn’t play. It didn’t matter. The Vikings gave up two long first-half scoring drives, both aided by pass interference penalties, to fall into a hole Keenum and the offense couldn’t get out of. The Vikes committed uncharacteristic penalties, squelching their own drives and extending Pittsburgh’s. Minnesota pulled within 17-9 early in the third, but wouldn’t score again, failing to cover the 8.5-point spread.
Week 1: Vikings 29, Saints 19
ATS Result: Vikings -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
With all the talk about the Vikings offense and how they chewed up the Saints for 470 yards and 29 points, it’s easy to forget about the defense. Minnesota effectively shut down Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense, holding them without a touchdown until the final two minutes of the game when the outcome was already decided. The defense carried the team last year when the offense couldn’t run the ball or sustain a drive. Now it’s time for the offense to pick it up. They did against the Saints, but New Orleans has had one of the worst defensive units in the NFL for the past few years.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 1-3
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
It was a small sample size but the Vikings new-look offense wasn’t all that effective during the preseason. There was a mid-season change at offensive coordinator and many faces on the first-team unit are new, so it might take time to get acclimated to Pat Shurmur’s offense. If the group continues to struggle, at least the defense is there to keep them in games.
Week 1: Vikings vs. Saints, Monday, Sept. 11, 1:10 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 2: Vikings at Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Vikings vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Vikings vs. Lions, Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Vikings at Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 6: Vikings vs. Packers, Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Vikings vs. Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Vikings at Browns in London, Sunday, Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m. ET – NFL Network
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Vikings at Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Vikings vs. Rams, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Vikings at Lions, Thursday, Nov. 23, 12:30 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Vikings at Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Vikings at Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Vikings vs. Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16 : Vikings at Packers, Saturday, Dec. 23, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 17: Vikings vs. Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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