Handicapping Minnesota (10)
May 7, 2018
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Can the Minnesota Vikings repeat their regular season success of a year ago in 2018 with a new quarterback leading them? The Vikings are hoping that Kirk Cousins can lead them to playoff success this season, but it won’t be easy, as Minnesota has a difficult schedule. The Vikings will also have to deal with an NFC North division that looks to be improved in 2018. Can the Vikings win 11 games and go over their win total of 10?
2018 Minnesota Vikings Season Win Total - per BetDSI
Over 10 (-125)
Under 10 (-105)
The Vikings are considered one of the best teams in the NFL heading into the 2018 regular season, as only the Patriots and Steelers have higher win totals. Minnesota does have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins and they will be getting Dalvin Cook back from injury, so there is no reason to think their offense won’t be improved in 2018. The Vikings had the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL last season, so they should be excellent on that side of the ball.
2018 Minnesota Vikings Schedule Analysis (All Times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, vs. San Francisco, 1:00 p.m.
The home opener for the Vikings is no bargain, as they face Jimmy Garappolo, former Minnesota running back Jerick McKinnon and a San Francisco team that is expected to be a serious contender in the NFC this season. The pressure on Cousins to win the home opener will be enormous.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, at Green Bay, 1:00 p.m.
The Vikings sure don’t get an easy start to the season with a new quarterback under center, as they visit the Packers in Week 2. Winning at Lambeau is never easy, so Minnesota better hope they took care of business in Week 1 against the 49ers.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, vs. Buffalo, 1:00 p.m.
The first break in the schedule for the Vikings is in Week 3, as they face a Buffalo team that will have either AJ McCarron or rookie Josh Allen at quarterback. This should be a win for the Vikings.
Week 4: Thursday, Sept. 27, at L.A. Rams, 8:20 p.m.
This is a really tough spot for the Vikings, as they have to travel to the West Coast on short rest and play a very good Los Angeles team. This has all the looks of a road loss.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.
It is hard to envision a schedule in the first five weeks of the season that is tougher than what Minnesota faces. They will have revenge on their minds for this game and they do get some added rest to prepare but winning in Philadelphia won’t be easy.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Arizona, 1:00 p.m.
This could be Sam Bradford playing against his former team, as Bradford should be the starter for the Cardinals if he is healthy. The Vikings should still win this one, as they are at home.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, at N.Y. Jets, 1:00 p.m.
Could it be another former Minnesota quarterback in this game? Teddy Bridgewater is competing with Josh McCown and rookie Sam Darnold for the starting job in New York. Regardless of who is under center, the Vikings should win this one.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, vs. New Orleans, 8:20 p.m.
This will be a Sunday night game on NBC and a potential shootout. This is a huge revenge game for the Saints after the Vikings won in miraculous fashion in last year’s playoffs.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4, vs Detroit, 1:00 p.m.
This is a letdown spot for the Vikings and it may not be easy against a Detroit team that is now coached by Matt Patricia.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, BYE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, at Chicago, 1:00 p.m.
The Vikings will be well rested but this won’t be easy against a Chicago team that is on the way up under quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, vs. Green Bay, 8:20 p.m.
This is another NBC Sunday night contest and Aaron Rodgers loves to play in prime time. This could be a rare home loss for the Vikings.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, at New England, 4:25 p.m.
The Vikings face a very difficult road test against a New England team that rarely loses at home.
Week 14: Monday, Dec. 10, at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.
The Seahawks are no longer an NFC powerhouse, but winning in Seattle is still not easy and this will be a Monday night contest where the crowd is even louder.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, vs. Miami, 1:00 p.m.
The Vikings may need to win this game just to stay in contention for the NFC North title.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, at Detroit, 1:00 p.m.
The Lions could still be in contention for a playoff spot late in the seasons and that would make this a huge game.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, vs. Chicago, 1:00 p.m.
The regular season finale for the Vikings should be a win, as the Bears are still not good enough to win consistently on the road.
Oddsmakers at BetDSI look to have the 2018 win total on Minnesota right on the money, as 10 wins looks to be the most likely scenario for the Vikings this season.
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