Inch by inch, things are starting to fall into place in Minnesota.
With a new stadium in the works, folks no longer have to worry about the Vikings moving to Los Angeles. And with that pressure off, the team actually is starting to show some spunk in the NFC North for the first time since the franchise sold its soul to Brett Favre to win a division title in 2009.
Minnesota is 3-1 SU and is tied for sole possession of the NFC North after beating Dallas Monday night, which ain’t bad after being ticketed for last place before the season.
Cantor Gaming in Nevada had the Vikes’ season win total at six - a number which Minnesota could reach on Oct. 21 against Arizona at home if the good times continue to roll.
No slight to Bill Musgrave, but he might have the easiest offensive coordinator job in the NFL. Even since it became evident that Adrian Peterson was well enough to play after knee surgery, Musgrave’s toughest decision each week is to decide whether to run Peterson primarily to the left or to the right.
The biggest concern for second-year QB Christian Ponder is to not mess things up, and he’s been doing pretty well at not screwing up with a 97.7 QB rating and zero interceptions (four TD passes) through four games.
The Vikings average 6.7 yards every time AP needs a blow and the Vikes decide to pass, which puts Ponder in Mark Sanchez territory but without the interceptions and other bad decisions.
So far at least, Minnesota (-5, 43.5 at home against Tennessee Sunday) hasn’t yet inspired the betting public.
“We had much more action on Detroit on Sunday,” Aron Black of bet365.com told Covers. “Can’t say the Vikes have been one of the fancied dogs in other weeks, either.”
Minnesota is now at 8-1 to win the division, 28-1 to take the NFC and 50-1 to lift the Lombardi in early February.