Betting Analyst Touts Vikings Odds to Win NFC North

Betting Analyst Touts Vikings Chances to Win NFC North
Dec 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings hold +4000 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2022, but finally retaking the NFC North is a reality, according to Joe Osborne of Odds Shark.

Minnesota hasn’t won the division since 2017, while Chicago Bears (once) and Green Bay Packers (thrice) have taken care of business with the NFC North crown.

Unsolicited on Thursday, Osborne tweeted his Vikings recommendation, stressing the moneyline value of the proposition:

The depth chart mentioned by Osborne refers to Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, rookie Christian Watson, Sammy Watkins, and Amari Rodgers. The group isn’t horrendous, but it lacks the traditional firepower generally provided by Davante Adams.

Sep 13, 2020; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK

Adams was traded by the Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders in March, a surprise move that fell out of the sky. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers waffled about retirement for a couple of months, and when he opted to return, most NFL brains believed Adams would be a part of the allure. But that was incorrect as Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst shipped Adams to Sin City.

For the Vikings, the franchise chose to keep the roster relatively intact for 2022, even after hiring a new general manager and head coach. Kirk Cousins was extended by an extra year, keeping the 33-year-old committed to the Vikings through the end of the 2023 season. After that, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah signed Za’Darius Smith, Jordan Hicks, Harrison Phillips, and Chandon Sullivan in free agency to shore up the defense. During the NFL draft, Adofo-Mensah again focused on defense, onboarding rookies Lewis Cine, Andrew Booth, and Brian Asamoah, among others.

Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports.

Despite Osborne’s May testimonial about the Vikings, Kevin O’Connell’s group is still slated to win only eight or nine games per oddsmakers — the same forecast that followed the organization in May of 2021.

For clarity on Osborne’s endorsement, a bettor would have to wager $100 to win $280 — if the Vikings win the NFC North.

Osborn also believes the New Orleans Saints are “another good look” for divisional betting odds in 2022.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).