2012 Minnesota Vikings Predictions, Odds, Picks: The Minnesota Vikings are trying to have a short memory after a disastrous 2011 season that saw the team lose their best player to an A.C.L. injury all while introducing their green rookie QB to the NFL. In head coach Leslie Frazier’s 2nd year he will try to reverse the franchise’s worst year in history with running back Adrian Peterson on the mend. The NFC North odds are stacked high against the Vikings but sack monster Jared Allen (22 sacks) and Peterson are not going to go go down without a fight. Below is a closer look at the Super Bowl Odds and NFC North Odds from our NFL predictions experts. The Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Odds have Minnesota at 125-1 moneyline ($1000 to win $125,000).
NFL Picks Analysis: The Vikings have very steep competition according to the NFC North odds and NFL picks experts but their is plenty of reason for optimism. Adrian Peterson might be 90% of what he was before tearing his wheel in week 11 but his 90% is still better than 90% of the RB’s in the league. 2nd year Quarterback Christian Ponder appears to have the tools to become a winning NFL signal-caller once he starts getting protection upfront. Ponder moves well and should benefit from the drafting of LT Matt Kalil. Percy Harvin is an explosive target at WR and their is added depth this year in the receiving corps.
The defense has the potential to be very good in the front seven with developing young talent surrounding Jared Allen. The secondary blows far too many coverages but if the pass-rush is better under new coordinator Alan Williams they should be slightly better. Special teams are a sore spot with poor coverage units. The 2012 Minnesota Vikings NFC North Odds have the Vikings at +900
The Vikings will be better but their record might not indicate that much in the NFC North. The Super Bowl odds are inviting but Adrian Peterson on the comeback can only do so much with an average roster overall. Head coach Leslie Frazier also has not shown that he belongs in NFL headsets.
NFL Predictions Forecast: 6-10