Online Betting – Is There Any Value on the Vikings with Favre Back

The Brett Favre news is over and the online betting odds have moved? Now what? Is there value in Internet betting on the Vikings or are they overhyped and overvalued?

Online betting odds at sbg have already moved up and down on the Vikings with the Favre saga.  They are starting to stabilize and gamblers can now decide what to do. 

The Facts:  Minnesota was very good last season with Favre at the helm.  They went 12-4 straight up, and 9-6-1 against the online betting football odds.  Favre has arguably the best season of his career.  Minnesota may have the best offensive weapons in the league with Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe.  The team did lose Chester Taylor in the off-season but they are expecting Stanford star running back Toby Gerhart to fill his spot.

Future Odds:  The Vikings are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl with Favre at the helm.  They are considered on par with Dallas and New Orleans in the NFC.  Minnesota opens up the regular season on Thursday, September 9th at New Orleans in an NFC Championship game rematch.  Minnesota won 12 games last season but their win total is just 9.5 in online betting?  Why is it not 10 or 11?

The Schedule:  The reason the Vikings have a win total of 9.5 is their schedule.  It is not an easy one and the NFC North is improved. Green Bay is very good, Chicago looks better and Detroit is no longer a doormat.  The Vikings have a tough opener at New Orleans but they do get some rest before facing Miami since the Saints game is on a Thursday. They then host the Lions before going to New York to take on the Jets.   With Favre all of those games are winnable.  The Vikings really need to start out 3-1 because they have a brutal three game stretch after their first four as they host Dallas and then go to Green Bay and New England.  If the Vikings can get through their first seven games at 4-3 they might be just fine but that is a tall order.  The second half of the season is more favorable with home games vs. Arizona, Buffalo, the Giants and Chicago.  The real tough road game late in the season looks to be at Philadelphia.  The schedule is tough but if Favre plays like he did last year the Vikings should win at least 10 games.