The Vikings will still be featured a lot in 2010 as they play four prime-time games including the opening game of the season on Thursday, September 9th against the New Orleans Saints. Making an NFL bet on the Vikings may not be as successful this season with Minnesota starting Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback instead of Favre.
NFL wagering online odds list Minnesota as underdogs in their season opener at New Orleans. The Vikings could end up being underdogs more often this season without Favre leading them. Minnesota will still be favored more often than not but the point spreads will be smaller. The Vikings follow up their opener at New Orleans with two home games against Miami and Detroit. The schedule maker did them no favors as Minnesota has their bye very early this season in Week 4.
Following their bye week the Vikings have a brutal stretch of games. Those making an NFL bet see that they go to the New York Jets in Week 5 and they are likely to be underdogs in that matchup. They could also be home underdogs in Week 6 as they host the Dallas Cowboys. They will be underdogs at Green Bay in Week 7 and at New England in Week 8. If Jackson does not play well the Vikings could conceivably lose all four of those games.
Minnesota hosts Arizona in Week 9 before a tough road game at Chicago in Week 10. They then host Green Bay in Week 11 before traveling to Washington in Week 12. The one easy game in NFL wagering online odds looks to be in Week 13 as they host the Buffalo Bills. Three of the last four games look very difficult as Minnesota hosts the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears in Weeks 14 and 15 before finishing up at Philadelphia and Detroit.
The Vikings were one of the main contenders to win the Super Bowl before the news about Brett Favre retiring came out. Minnesota still has a very good team but questions remain about how well Jackson will play at quarterback. The schedule does not help the Vikings as they have their bye week early and face a number of tough games down the stretch.