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Mid-day talker: Early betting lines show Vikings as underdogs in 10 games in 2013

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: May 9, 2013 - 1:03 PM

 

The Vikings are 10-6 and just drafted three impact players in the first round. In the eyes of those who set the betting lines, however, they are still unproven.

 

Keep in mind these are VERY preliminary, and setting lines for virtually the entire season (except for week 17) at this point doesn't mean a ton in the grand scheme of things. Still, it's interesting to see how Minnesota is perceived right now -- at least by Cantor Gaming:

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-2.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-2.5)
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings (-6.5)
Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings [London, England]
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (-2.5)
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants (-3)
Green Bay Packers (-1) at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (-1.5)
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (-1.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-6)
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-4.5)
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-1.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)
 

You'll note that doesn't include Week 17, when the Lions play at Minnesota. We would assume Minnesota as a 3-4 point favorite in that one. Even so, the Vikings are underdogs in 10 of 16 games as of now. It's notable that 7 of those 10 games are 3 points or fewer, so it's not like there is no respect. Maybe we should just expect the Vikings to play a ton of really, really close games.

 

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Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris 8 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland 9 Top 10th Inning
LA Angels 9
Colorado 3 Bottom 9th Inning
San Diego 2
Los Angeles 2 Top 9th Inning
San Francisco 1
New York 109 FINAL
Brooklyn 98
Denver 105 FINAL
LA Clippers 117
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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