Vikings’ Vegas odds improve dramatically

The Vikings are being given a lot more respect than they were last year at this time, even if they aren’t one of the top contenders yet.

With the 2014 NFL season officially in the books, the focus of the NFL is starting the slow and steady buildup to the 2015 season. For the Vikings, the forecast looks to be much improved and that point has been reiterated by the Las Vegas betting odds as to who is being expected to make some noise next season.

The Bovada sports book has released its early numbers for the 2015 season in terms of odds to win the Super Bowl. As would be expected, the teams that had the best records in 2014 are the favorites to fight it out for next year’s Lombardi Trophy, but the Vikings have made a significant jump from where they were a year ago at this time.

Last year, the Vikings were among the most prohibitive underdogs to win the Super Bowl, mired at the bottom of the league in terms of rankings with the like of Oakland, Jacksonville and Cleveland. While those teams are still at the bottom of the betting charts, the Vikings have made a significant move upward. They’re still in the largest clump of middle-of-the-road prospects, but it is a significant improvement over last year.

Seattle leads the way at 5/1 to win next year’s Super Bowl, the Super Bowl champion Patriots check in at 7/1, followed by Green Bay at 8/1, Denver 10/1, Dallas and Indianapolis at 14/1, Philadelphia and San Francisco at 20/1, (inexplicably) the Saints at 22/1 and the bet-heavy Steelers at 25/1.

After that point, there are three teams listed at 33/1 – Arizona, Baltimore and Detroit. The Vikings check in with a large contingent of teams at 40/1, including Atlanta, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, the Giants, San Diego and St. Louis.

Rounding out the field are Buffalo and Cleveland at 66/1, the Jets, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Washington at 100/1 and Jacksonville and Oakland at 200/1.

While the Vikings aren’t being viewed right now as a team that is legitimate Super Bowl contender, considering where they were ranked last year, the needle is pointing in the right direction and the respect is coming slowly but surely from the rest of the league that the 2015 Vikings should be improved.


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