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Minnesota Vikings’ odds getting longer to win Super Bowl LII

U.S. Bank Stadium will host Super Bowl LII, but, if the Vegas odds mean anything, the Minnesota Vikings are longer shots to play a home game in the Super Bowl.

When it comes to trying get gamblers to bet on football, Las Vegas doesn’t have to work too hard. In fact, people start placing wagers for the next year’s Super Bowl the week after each season ends, as opening betting lines are set at most of the major sports books.

However, what looks like a good idea in February doesn’t have the same enthusiasm in the summer. As such, odds are prone to changing as the season nears.

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Last weekend, the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book released its amended odds to win the Super Bowl and it would appear the betting community is a little less enthusiastic about the Minnesota Vikings.

When the odds first came out in February, the Vikings were at 25-1 odds to win the Lombardi Trophy. Since free agency and the draft, that number has dropped to 30-1.

There has been some good news and bad news for NFL teams. The defending champion Patriots are the lowest odds at 3-1 after opening at 6-1. The top two teams in the NFC have also seen their odds drop – Dallas has gone from 10-1 to 8-1 and Green Bay has gone from 12-1 to 10-1.

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A few teams in the NFC that are getting a little more love are the Giants, who have dropped from 25-1 to 20-1;Tampa Bay, which moved from 40-1 to 25-1; Philadelphia, which dropped from 60-1 to 35-1; and Detroit, which moved from 60-1 to 40-1.

Whether Adrian Peterson’s signing had anything to do with it or not, one of the biggest improvements came from the Saints, who opened at 80-1, but now are half that at 40-1.

In the AFC, the biggest mover has been Oakland, which dropped from 20-1 all the way down to 12-1. Houston made a big move from 60-1 to 30-1 and Miami saw its stock improve from a 40-1 shot to win the Super Bowl down to 30-1.

The biggest loser has been the New York Jets, who have been conducted an ongoing fire sale of veteran players and have seen their odds jump from 100-1 to 200-1.

Here is the complete listing of team odds to win the Super Bowl – the first number representing their opening line back in February, followed by their amended numbers as of this past weekend.

  • New England – opened at 6-1, now at 3-1
  • Dallas – 10-1, 8-1
  • Green Bay – 12-1, 10-1
  • Pittsburgh – 10-1, 12-1
  • Oakland – 20-1, 12-1
  • Seattle 12-1, 12-1
  • Atlanta – 16-1, 16-1
  • New York Giants – 25-1, 20-1
  • Denver – 20-1, 25-1
  • Kansas City – 20-1, 25-1
  • Arizona – 25-1, 25-1
  • Carolina – 20-1, 25-1
  • Tampa Bay – 40-1, 25-1
  • Baltimore – 25-1, 30-1
  • Indianapolis – 25-1, 30-1
  • Minnesota – 25-1, 30-1
  • Miami – 40-1, 30-1
  • Houston – 60-1, 30-1
  • Philadelphia – 60-1, 35-1
  • Detroit – 60-1, 40-1
  • Tennessee 40-1, 40-1
  • New Orleans – 80-1, 40-1
  • Cincinnati – 50-1, 60-1
  • Washington – 50-1, 60-1
  • Los Angeles Chargers – 80-1, 60-1
  • Jacksonville – 80-1, 80-1
  • Los Angeles Rams – 100-1, 80-1
  • Buffalo – 80-1, 100-1
  • Chicago – 100-1, 100-1
  • New York Jets – 100-1, 200-1
  • San Francisco – 300-1, 300-1
  • Cleveland – 300-1, 300-1

According to the initial numbers, the Vikings were in a tie for the second wild card spot. After taking into account free agency, the draft and previous wagering, the boys in Vegas now have the Vikings on the outside looking in for the 2017 playoffs, which may serve as motivation for a comeback season in the NFC North.


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