The Vikings are the New Online NFL Betting Powerhouse in the NFC

Posted by: Mike Davis
Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings Week 5 Odds

The online NFL betting season never fails to leave fans flabbergasted by delivering a fair share of astonishments. So far this season we’ve seen Carson Wentz lead the Eagles to a 3-0 start, the Panthers begin 2016 by going 1-3, and the Los Angeles Rams currently lead the NFC West. If you had predicted any of those startling events in the preseason, people would have called you a nut, but now 5 weeks into the season, they’d be calling you a football prophet. The way the aforementioned teams have been performing has been startling, but equally as surprising is the way the Minnesota Vikings have been dominating the NFC. With wins over the Packers, the Panthers, and the Giants last Monday Night, Minnesota has essentially knocked off last year’s toughest competition in the National Football Conference. Right now the Vikings find themselves at a cozy 4-0 and an even more comfortable spot atop the NFC North. With last night’s win over the New York Giants, the Vikings can now prepare to face their Week 5 opponent, the Houston Texans. Let’s see what kind of odds the best football betting sites are giving the undefeated Vikings in their next contest.

Week 5 – Sunday the 9th of October

Texans +6 ½ (-110) 43 ½ (-110) +230
Vikings -6 ½ (-115) 43½ (-110) -260

No one in the NFC has been able to stop Minnesota, and the online NFL betting odds don’t think AFC teams can stop them either. There’s no denying that the heart of this Minnesota team lies in their defense, just look at their numbers on paper. Right now the Vikings’ rushing offense ranks dead last in the NFL, while their total offense ranks 31st in the league. Passing wise Minnesota isn’t doing much better, as their passing game ranks 24th in the league. But despite the fact that the Vikings aren’t outgaining their opponents, they are outscoring them, and the key to that lies in their defense. Defensively Minnesota ranks near the top of the league in every important stat. The Vikings’ run defense is the 8th best in the league, they’re the 9th best defense against the pass, and Minnesota’s total defense ranks as the 7th best in the NFL. Behind such impressive numbers the Vikings are only allowing 12.5 points per game, the 2nd best average in the league. Through the first 4 weeks this defense has been carrying the Vikings. They may not be gaining that much yardage on offense, but they don’t need to. Since no team has been able to have their way with this secondary, the Vikings are consistently winning the field position battle. With better positioning the Vikings don’t have to traverse as much yardage to put points on the board, and thus the Vikings don’t need to be that impressive on offense. After all, you can’t argue with a 4-0 record.

The Houston Texans biggest headline so far this season is how disappointing Brock Osweiler has been so far. The Texans offered the young star more money than any other team in the NFL was willing to, but they might be regretting that decision. Right now Osweiler has a 74.8 passer rating, which is pretty bad and looks even worse when compared to Sam Bradford’s 105.5. Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and now Eli Manning have all failed to do anything against Minnesota’s defense. With the type of year Osweiler has been having, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be able to do much either. With Osweiler under center, the Vikings seem like a pretty solid online NFL betting pick over the Texans.