Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings Sportsbook Preview & Analysis
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
With the return of Aaron Rodgers to the Packers’ starting lineup, football betting websites are starting to pay special attention to the NFC North. At the present time, the Minnesota Vikings lead the division with a brilliant 10-3 record. However, the Green Bay Packers, at 7-6, could win the division. Granted, they’d the Vikings to lose the next three games. But if the Vikings are able to win this Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings matchup, they’ll be able to clinch the division. Let’s take a look at what kind of football parlay odds Minnesota is facing against the Bengals this Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, December 17th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Sport Betting Lines:
Cincinnati Bengals +10 ½ (-110) 42 (-115) +431
Minnesota Vikings -10 ½ (-110) 42 (-105) -575
The Bengals pounce into this Week 15 matchup sporting a disappointing 5-8 record that ranks Cincinnati 3rd in the AFC North. The Bengals are the kind of team that is inconsistent from season to season and it’s clear 2017 was a down year for Cincy. Furthermore, Cincinnati enters this matchup with a sub-.500 record as well as a 2-game losing streak. Consequentially, the sports betting lines are pegging the Bengals as massive underdogs against the frontrunners in the NFC North. There’s not much to suggest that Cincinnati can pull of the upset this Sunday. So bettors should refrain from backing the Bengals in Week 15, no matter how appealing those odds may seem.
A quick look over both of these teams’ numbers will reveal that the Bengals are facing a steep disadvantage this weekend. The Bengals are barely putting up 17.4 points per matchup, which is significantly less than the 23.8 points Minnesota is gaining. Furthermore, the Bengals are allowing 20.8 points on defense while the Vikings are barely giving up 18.1 Barring some sort of miraculous performance from the entire team, the Bengals should suffer a pretty decisive beating this Sunday. With that in mind, it’s clear that betting against Cincinnati is a pretty straight forward ordeal.
The Vikings ride into this Sunday’s pairing flashing a 10-3 record that gives them a lead over the Packers. Minnesota will be doing all they can to lock up the division this season, and the sportsbook odds are basically saying that they’ll get the job done. However, those odds on Minnesota’s money line aren’t offering much of a payout. So with that in mind, which line should bettors try their luck on this weekend?
Arguably one of the best sports betting lines to take a shot for this matchup is the spread. The Bengals enter this matchup with a decent 7-6 against the spread record. However, the Vikings are 9-4 against the spread on the season. This unquestionably paints Minnesota as the superior betting option for a wager on the spread line. Lastly, Minnesota sports a nearly unblemished 5-1 against the spread record at home.