Vikings Looking to Pillage Their Way into the PlayoffsPosted by: Charlie Smith
Although they wouldn’t be in the playoffs if the 2016 online NFL betting season ended today, the Minnesota Vikings still have enough time to mount a comeback and pillage their way into the postseason. Minnesota currently ranks as the 8th seed in the NFC which means that they not only need to win their remaining games, they also need the right teams to lose a few. Specifically, the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but since the Vikings don’t face either of those teams to close out 2016, Minnesota simply needs to focus on the things they can control.
Despite the fact that the Vikings came into the season as the reigning NFC North champions, at the start of the season the best betting sportsbooks didn’t have Minnesota pegged as this year’s eventual champion. The football odds predicted that the Vikings would finish second in the division, and at 7-6 Minnesota is currently fulfilling that prediction. In Week 15 the Vikings will have an opportunity to improve on their record when they face off against the Indianapolis Colts. Let’s see what the bookies have to say about this pairing.
NFL Odds – Week 15 – Sunday, December 18th
Indianapolis Colts +4½ (-110) 44 (-115)
Since Indianapolis is sitting on a 6-7 record, seeing the online NFL betting odds favor the Vikings is to be expected. The Colts will be on the road this Sunday, which plays in Minnesota’s favor since the Vikings are 4-2 at home compared to Indianapolis who are 3-3 on the road. Like the Vikings, the Colts have a real shot of making the postseason since they’re only one game behind the Texans in the AFC South. Granted Indianapolis had a great opportunity to take the division from Houston this past weekend but failed to get the job done, as the Texans ended up winning the contest 22-17. If both the Texans and the Tennessee Titans fail to win a game for the remainder of 2016, then the Colts would more than likely qualify for the postseason.
At the start of the season, Sam Bradford was hailed as the champion of Minnesota after the Vikings put together a 5-game win streak right out of the gate. But even though the Vikings have faltered since then, it’s not fair to pin the blame on Bradford. The 7-year veteran will come into Sunday’s game sporting a 98.2 passer rating, the highest average he’s posted for a season in his career. That’s all thanks to the 14 touchdowns, 2,594 yards, and just 3 interceptions that Bradford has thrown for this season. All things considered, Bradford has exceeded the expectations of the online NFL betting community.