Minnesota Vikings vs Denver Broncos Betting Odds and Prediction

by Rick Rockwell
on August 11, 2018
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On Saturday, we have an intriguing preseason matchup as the Minnesota Vikings travel to Colorado to take on the Denver Broncos. Former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum will get an early crack at his at the team who replaced him with Kirk Cousins. Kickoff inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High is at 9PM ET.

Vikings vs Broncos Live Odds and Betting History

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Betting Data History Minnesota Vikings Denver Broncos
Current S/U record 0-0 0-0
S/U in 2017 14-4 5-11
Current ATS record N/A N/A
2017 ATS 11-7 4-11-1
2017 ATS Home 6-3 3-4-1
2017 ATS Away 5-4 1-7
2017 O/U 9-9 8-7-1
2017 O/U Home 4-5 4-3-1
2017 O/U Away 5-4 4-4

Vikings vs Broncos NFL Week 1 Preseason Game Preview

Since 1972, these two teams have played 14 times with each team winning 7 games apiece. At home, the Broncos have gone 4-3. The last time these two teams played at Denver was October 4, 2015, and the Broncos won 23-20.

The Vikings come into the 2018 season with high aspirations. Some people, including myself, believe this team could win the NFC and go to Super Bowl 53. Minnesota is powered by balance as they have an elite level defense and an offense that has Kirk Cousins leading the charge. With a returning Cook, this offense will be explosive and one of the best in the conference.

The Broncos had an abysmal season in 2017. They finished with a 5-11 record after going 4-0 in the preseason. Denver realized they had a QB issue and went out aggressively shopping for a new starting QB this offseason. Unfortunately, they lost out on the Cousins sweepstakes. Ironically, they’re playing against the team who signed Cousins and who let their former starting QB Case Keenum walk out the door and into the hearts of Broncos fans everywhere. We’ll see if Keenum has a little extra something for his former team.

The spread opened with the Broncos favored by 1 point, it has since come down to Even. The Over/Under opened at 35 points, bounced around a little bit, before settling at 35.5 total points.

Free NFL Preseason Sports Bet and Game Prediction

I find this preseason matchup to be intriguing as Keenum gets to go against his former team and against the guy who replaced him. The Broncos as a franchise gets to go after the QB that spurned them for the Vikings instead. Expect Broncos starters to go 2 series max, which could end up just being a couple of minutes in the opening quarter.

The other funny thing about this matchup is that the Vikings also have former Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian and Kyle Sloter fighting it out for the backup spot behind Cousins. You know that Siemian would love to prove his old team and former coaches wrong.

For the Vikings, they have seen their training camp thin out the offensive line due to injuries. So, Saturday will be the perfect opportunity for the team to shuffle around linemen in order to see which depth players along the line can step up. They will also need to be careful with not getting Cousins hurt behind a patchwork offensive front 5.

3rd-year receiver Laquon Treadwell has garnered some hype this offseason and he’s expected to compete for the team’s #3 receiver spot. Fans and coaches are hoping that Treadwell is finally going to be able to live up to the expectations that come with being a 2016 first round draft pick.

Outside of the QB storylines, the one player I am looking to see the most in this game is Dalvin Cook. The 2nd year running back returns to the Vikings after missing most of last year due to a torn ACL. This will be his first action against an opposing team and all eyes will be on him and his surgically repaired knee.
In their last 6 head-to-head meetings, the Vikings have gone 2-4 SU and 4-2 ATS. The Over/Under has gone 2-3-1.

Since Zimmer has taken over as Vikings head coach, Minnesota has gone 14-3 SU and 12-5 ATS in preseason action. It’s proof that Minnesota takes the preseason seriously. Furthermore, the Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on Saturdays and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.

The Broncos started off 2017 going 3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out after Week 4 and the Broncos never recovered. In the final 12 games of the season, Denver went 2-10 SU and 2-10 ATS. They also are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games at home and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 grass games.

Hands down, Minnesota has more talent across the board in regards to starting units. Additionally, they have better depth than the retooling Broncos. I expect Minnesota to show off this depth and to keep their preseason dominance going under Coach Zimmer.

Look for the Vikings offense to get off to a fast start with their top unit and then their defense setting the tone for the rest of the game. Since this is a Pick, it’s even more favorable to go with the better team. Take the Vikings on the road at Denver to win this game by at least 2 scores.

Vikings vs Broncos Betting Recap

  • Oddsmaker: SportsBetting.ag
  • Moneyline: Vikings
  • Spread: Vikings
  • Over/Under: 35.5 total points (-110)
  • Prediction: Vikings 23 – Broncos 13
Pick: Vikings
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