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Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview

Paul Brown Stadium will play host to their home team Cincinnati Bengals, versus the visiting Minnesota Vikings for a 1:00 PM EST Week One Matchup on Sunday, September 12. The game will be televised on Fox. Let’s take a look of the Vikings vs Bengals Betting Preview.

Both of these teams missed out on the playoffs last season, but with upgrades made by both teams on both sides of the ball, there is faith that both teams will make some noise this season. However, the Bengals have it tough in the AFC North division compared to the competition of the NFC North for the Vikings.

Does Kirk Cousins Have What It Takes to Lead a Team To Glory?

Yes, Kirk Cousins is still the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Granted, he is an average to above-average quarterback in the NFL, but he does not seem to have a high ceiling, and as long as he is on the Vikings roster, odds are they will not be making it far as a winning franchise.

For Cousins, it is playoffs or bust for him and the Minnesota Vikings. Luckily for him, the Vikings still have one of the best-receiving duos in the league with the combination of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. 

Both receivers topped 900 yards, with Jefferson being the better of the two with 1,400 yards, yet Thielen had the advantage with 14 receiving touchdowns. Oh, and don’t forget about the presence of one of the best running backs in the league in Dalvin Cook.

The Vikings’ defense finished 28th in the NFL in yards allowed per game and gave up 40-plus points three times last season. But that was with some of the worst injury luck in the NFL. They will have two stud defensive linemen in Danielle Hunter and Michael Pierce returning, and they added Dalvin Tomlinson and Sheldon Richardson. This defense has the ability to bounce back with the additions that they made.

Will Joe Burrow Return to Form?

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati’s No. 1 overall draft pick from a year ago, got crushed behind an absolutely awful offensive line in 2020, leading to a season-ending knee injury (torn ACL) that he’s still working his way back from.

Unfortunately for him, they passed up on the chance to draft Penei Sewell in the draft, but they did draft his teammate and friend from college, WR Jamaar Chase, to add on to a receiving core that already has Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.

Defensively, this team has its struggles, but their secondary can be very strong. Jessie Bates II is a top-tier safety in the NFL, and he will be joined by Chidobe Awuzie coming from Dallas and Trae Waynes, who missed all of last season due to injury. Mike Hilton also signed in free agency to create a deep secondary. 

Vikings vs Bengals Prediction

The Vikings offense should lead them to a victory in Week One, but there are still question marks on defense despite the returning players.  Vikings vs Bengals Betting Preview.

The Vikings are listed as 3.5 point favorites, but they were 6-10 against the spread last season when they went 7-9. 

The over/under total is listed at 47.5, which I think is relatively low considering the high-powered level of the Vikings offense and the ability for their defense to give up points.

I like betting the over in this game.

Will Joe Burrow return magnificently from his torn ACL, or will Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings play spoiler to what could be a fantastic story? Do not hesitate, play your best move…

Final Pick: Over 47.5 (-110)

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