The Minnesota Vikings thought things could not get worse after they finished 6-10 in 2010, but, indeed, they could as the club posted a 3-13 record last season. If Sportsbook.ag is correct, Minnesota ought to brace for another difficult run in 2012. Minnesota Vikings 2012 NFL Predictions at the offshore odds maker have Leslie Frazier’s crew favored to garner fewer then six wins (-135 odds) and they are a +3000 play ($100 to win $3000) to win the NFC North. The latest Super Bowl Odds have the Vikings listed as a 100-1 ($100 to win $10000) pick to win the Lombardi Trophy.
Quarterback Christian Ponder had a rough rookie season, throwing for 1853 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions after taking over for Donovan McNaab. Despite the poor production, the coaching staff appears firmly in Ponder’s corner as the team prepares for the 2012 season.
The Vikings also added some pieces to help Ponder’s progression, drafting USC tackle Matt Kalil with the fourth pick in April’s draft and signing potential impact free agents in wide receiver Jerome Simpson and tight end John Carlson. Perhaps most important to Ponder and the club will be the rebound and recovery of star running back Adrian Peterson, who tore his ACL in a Christmas Eve win over the Redskins. Peterson was removed from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list yesterday.
However, it may be a year or two (or three) before any of these moves pay dividends for the Vikings. At least that is the perspective of Vegas based book maker Cantor Gaming. Cantor’s 2012 NFL regular season point spreads, which it released for weeks one through 16 back in May, have the Vikings favored in just three games.
Minnesota Vikings 2012 NFL Regular Season Schedule and Point Spreads: Provided by Cantor Gaming
Week #1 Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings (-4)
Week #2 Minnesota Vikings (+2.5) at Indianapolis Colts
Week #3 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings (+4.5)
Week #4 Minnesota Vikings (+9) at Detroit Lions
Week #5 Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings (Pick’em)
Week #6 Minnesota Vikings (+4) at Washington Redskins
Week #7 Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings (-1)
Week #8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings (-3)
Week #9 Minnesota Vikings (+5.5) at Seattle Seahawks
Week #10 Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (+3.5)
Week #11 BYE
Week #12 Minnesota Vikings (+7.5) at Chicago Bears
Week #13 Minnesota Vikings (+13.5) at Green Bay Packers
Week #14 Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (+2.5)
Week #15 Minnesota Vikings (+3) at St. Louis Rams
Week #16 Minnesota Vikings (+10) at Houston Texans
Week #17 Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (No Line Posted)
Minnesota Vikings 2012 NFL Predictions and Super Bowl Odds:
Odds to Win 2013 Super Bowl XLVII +10000 ($100 to win $10000)
Odds to Win 2013 NFC Championship +5000 ($100 to win $5000)
Odds to Win NFC North +3000 ($100 to win $3000)
Regular Season Win Total: Over 6 wins (+105), Under 6 wins (-135)
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