The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings have become a fixture in the classic NFC North Division. This status is highlighted through celebrated rivalries that are some of the best in the league. These rivalries have helped to create a strong betting base for the Vikings in legal US sports betting markets.
Minnesota Vikings Team Overview
Minnesota joined the NFL as the Vikings in 1961 as an expansion team. Fabled head coach Norm Van Brocklin was at the helm for the team’s first five seasons with Fran Tarkenton as his starting quarterback.
Under the guidance of Bud Grant, the Vikings made the first of their four trips to the Super Bowl in his second season as head coach. Unfortunately for Minnesota fans, each of those runs to the championship game ranging from 1969 through 1976 ended with a bitter loss.
The Vikings join the Buffalo Bills as the only two NFL franchises to lose four Super Bowls without winning at least one.
More recently, Minnesota has appeared in four NFC Championships from 1998 through 2017. The team came up on the losing end of those four games as well. Nonetheless, the Vikings have given their fans quite a few things to cheer about over all these years.
Always known for defense, some of the NFL greats to wear a Vikings’ jersey include Carl Eller, Alan Page and Jim Marshall. One of the team’s best offensive players was running back Adrian Peterson.
Betting on the Vikings as home favorites against those division rivals can be a major draw for legal sportsbooks. To win a bet on Minnesota as a three-point home favorite against Green Bay, the Vikings would have to win that game by four or more points on the NFL point spread.
Betting on the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota
Minnesota remains one of the states working through the legislative process for legal sports betting. Until those laws are in place, sports betting in the state remains illegal.
The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings represent a strong network of professional and college sports throughout the entire state. Given the popularity of betting on the team during the NFL season, this is helping to build support for a change in the current laws.
Minnesota Vikings Partnership With Sportsbooks
The Minnesota Vikings do not have any active partnerships with legal US sportsbook operators at this time. If legal sports betting does come to Minnesota, this status would most likely change.
However, the team did sign a marketing partnership with SharpLink in September of 2021. As part of this collaboration, Vikings’ fans can play an online fantasy sports game called “Pass or Play.” The game is available through the team’s official phone app.