2023 Minnesota Vikings Over/Under win total odds, predictions, picks
Aug. 30, 2023 11:55 a.m. ET
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Can the Minnesota Vikings eclipse their win total of 8.5?
Here is how our FOX Sports talent sees the Vikings’ season playing out.
Pick via FOX Sports Betting Analyst : Vikings Over 8.5 wins
Yes, the Vikings were super lucky last year, going 11-0 in one-score games. Yes, the pass defense was atrocious. But I think it’s way too easy to say the bottom will fall out in what could be Kirk Cousins’ final season in Minnesota. Brian Flores will have a major impact on the defense, as will some of the personnel changes there, and any offense with Justin Jefferson and rookie Jordan Addison will be just fine.
It seems like everyone is trying too hard not to pick the Vikings to repeat as division champs (“The Packers will be better with Jordan Love … The Lions are ready to break through… Justin Fields will make the leap”). Those are everyone’s narratives. Heck, the Packers are everyone’s sleeper team, so much so that they aren’t just a sleeper but possibly far too trendy of a pick.
Sure, the schedule outside the division is no treat (at Eagles, Chargers, 49ers, Chiefs, at Bengals), but if they can go 4-2 in the division and beat Tampa, Carolina and Las Vegas, that puts you right in the mix of getting to nine wins. I like them to get there.
Pick via FOX Sports NFC North Writer : Vikings Over 8.5 wins
Thanks to Offensive Player of the Year Justin Jefferson and the trust quarterback Kirk Cousins has in him, I don’t see this offense taking much of a step back from their 13-4 division-winning season last year. The Vikings also got a huge upgrade at defensive coordinator, bringing in Brian Flores and his aggressive hybrid 3-4 defense. However, I’m not sure how well players can execute it in their first year because of its versatility and intricacy.
Flores laid a great foundation in Miami in his first season, but it still wasn’t all the way there. That said, in Year 2, his defense took a huge step forward, and that might be the case in Minnesota, so I don’t want to count on the Vikings winning the NFC North crown again. But I do think that the offense alone is enough to get them to nine wins.
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has covered sports for nearly three decades. While college football has been his focus, he also enjoys the NFL, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, MLB, NHL and Horse Racing, with an “occasional” wager on such events. Chris recently won the inaugural Circa Football Invitational and finished in the Top 10 of the Golden Nugget Football Contest. He’s a multiple-time qualifier for the NHC Handicapping Championship. Remember, “The less you bet, the more you lose when you win!” Follow him on Twitter @.
Carmen Vitali covers the NFC North for FOX Sports. Carmen had previous stops with The Draft Network and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She spent six seasons with the Bucs, including 2020, which added the title of Super Bowl Champion (and boat-parade participant) to her résumé. You can follow Carmen on Twitter at .
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