Minnesota
Vikings
Stadium U.S. Bank Stadium
1-1-0 Overall | 0-1 NFC NORTH 3rd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense18516422
Defense108.5256.516.5
Schedule
Preseason
Week 2Fri  8/9
@
Saints
W34-25
Week 3Sun  8/18
vs
Seahawks
W25-19
Week 4Sat  8/24
vs
Cardinals
W20-9
Week 5Thu  8/29
@
Bills
L23-27
Regular season
Week 1Sun  9/8
vs
Falcons
W28-12
Week 2Sun  9/15
@
Packers
L16-21
Week 3Sun  9/22
vs
Raiders
FOX1:00pm
Week 4Sun  9/29
@
Bears
CBS4:25pm
Week 5Sun  10/6
@
Giants
FOX1:00pm
Week 6Sun  10/13
vs
Eagles
FOX1:00pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

There are 5 teams who have 20/1, 4.8% odds to win the Super Bowl. Their 1.5% chance is #13 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. In simulations, they win the NFC 4.8% of the time and are not a good value at 10/1, 9.1%. They are projected to win 9 games and live up to their pre-season futures line of 9. Their playoff chances stand at 40.2% (22.6% to win the division). Their average wins per simulation puts them at #7 in the NFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

At 1-1 record they are where they were expected to be. Their money line implied win percentage at this point of the season is 52%. If you bet on them to win every game you would be down 46 units. They are 1-1 against the spread for a -10 loss. Their under-over record is 2-0. Oddsmakers expected them to win 9.3 based on their money line game odds. Their 8-7-1 record last season failed to meet expectations. They went 7-7-2 against the spread (-70 loss). More of their games came in under (10) than went over (6). They are heavy favorites in their upcoming game vs the Oakland Raiders. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are a below average scoring team based on points per game and below average in yards per play. They are an above average scoring defense, which make sense given their strong yards per play allowed rank.

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Dalvin Cook who is projected to be the #4 RB the rest of the season. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
31 Abdullah, Ameer RB5-920306/13/19935Nebraska
20 Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/19934Clemson
5 Bailey, Dan K6-019001/26/19889Oklahoma State
55 Barr, Anthony OLB6-525503/18/19926UCLA
12 Beebe, Chad WR5-91650Northern Illinois
23 Boone, Mike RB5-1020606/30/19952Cincinnati
38 Boyd, Kris DB5-1120009/12/19960Texas
56 Bradbury, Garrett C6-330506/20/19950NC State
40 Brothers, Kentrell LB6-124202/08/19934Missouri
2 Colquitt, Britton P6-321003/20/198510Tennessee
83 Conklin, Tyler TE6-325407/30/19952Central Michigan
33 Cook, Dalvin RB5-1021008/10/19953Florida State
8 Cousins, Kirk QB6-320208/19/19888Michigan State
58 Cutting, Austin LS6-324510/27/19960Air Force
14 Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19935Maryland
57 Downs, Devante LB6-225210/18/19952California
78 Dozier, Dakota G6-431204/30/19916Furman
65 Elflein, Pat G6-330307/06/19943Ohio State
39 Epps, Marcus SAF6-019801/27/19960Wyoming
42 Gedeon, Ben OLB6-224410/16/19943Michigan
97 Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/198710USC
30 Ham, C.J. FB5-1123507/22/19933Augustana (S.D.)
41 Harris, Anthony DB6-120210/09/19915Virginia
69 Hill, Rashod T6-631301/12/19924Southern Miss
92 Holmes, Jalyn DT6-528301/25/19962Ohio State
21 Hughes, Mike CB5-1018902/11/19972UCF
99 Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19945LSU
81 Johnson, Bisi WR6-020403/17/19970Colorado State
94 Johnson, Jaleel DT6-331607/12/19943Iowa
61 Jones, Brett C6-231507/29/19915Regina (Canada)
98 Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/198810East Carolina
27 Kearse, Jayron SAF6-421502/11/19944Clemson
54 Kendricks, Eric MLB6-023202/29/19925UCLA
64 Kline, Josh G6-330012/29/19897Kent State
4 Mannion, Sean QB6-623004/25/19925Oregon State
51 Mata'afa, Hercules DE6-225409/18/19952Washington State
25 Mattison, Alexander RB5-1122006/19/19980Boise State
44 Meadors, Nathan DB5-1119402/13/19970UCLA
75 O'Neill, Brian T6-729709/15/19952Pittsburgh
95 Odenigbo, Ifeadi DE6-325804/08/19942Northwestern
71 Reiff, Riley T6-630512/01/19888Iowa
29 Rhodes, Xavier CB6-121806/19/19907Florida State
82 Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/09/19899Notre Dame
73 Samia, Dru G6-530808/22/19970Oklahoma
22 Smith, Harrison FS6-221402/02/19898Notre Dame
84 Smith, Irv TE6-224208/09/19980Alabama
93 Stephen, Shamar DT6-530902/25/19916Connecticut
19 Thielen, Adam WR6-220008/22/19906Minnesota State
74 Udoh, Oli T6-632502/14/19970Elon
96 Watts, Armon DT6-529507/22/19960Arkansas
26 Waynes, Trae CB6-019007/25/19925Michigan State
91 Weatherly, Stephen DE6-526503/19/19944Vanderbilt
50 Wilson, Eric LB6-123009/26/19943Cincinnati