The Minnesota Vikings shocked everyone when they went into New Orleans and won a wild card playoff game last season. They surprised us even more when they traded away superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
It’s easy to see why nobody is sure what to make of the Vikings. Throw Dalvin Cook potentially being among the NFL players who could hold out in 2020, and betting on Minnesota could get tricky.
Assuming the Vikes survive banishing Diggs to the sun and Cook is appeased, they just might have something here.
Let’s see how serious sports bettors should be about them by looking at their 2021 Super Bowl odds and providing a case for them this year.
Vikings’ Super Bowl 55 Odds
Minnesota owns the 14th-best Super Bowl odds this year, which isn’t really the mark of a true title threat.
I’d argue those odds don’t really indicate how good they are, of course, as Minnesota appears to have all the tools of a legit Super Bowl threat.
The best spot to bet on the Vikings to win it all is BetOnline, but you’ll find similar prices across the internet. The question, of course, is if you should bet on the Vikings to win it all this year.
You can admittedly go either way in that debate, so let’s explore both sides and decide how realistic of a Super Bowl bet Minnesota really is.
Why the Vikings Can Win Super Bowl 55
The Vikings showed last year that they need to be taken seriously. Kirk Cousins didn’t just finally win a huge game; he took out a very good Saints team in the clutch in their own backyard.
That may have signaled the arrival of Cousins. The Diggs trade could be a negative, but it also has the potential to open Minnesota’s offense and take out a distraction.
Minnesota still has elite offensive talent around Cousins in Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson. On paper, this offense could be as dynamic as anyone in the NFL.
Mike Zimmer still calls the shots for a good defense that is getting younger and potentially meaner, too. If Minnesota’s secondary overhaul proves effective and the Diggs trade doesn’t backfire, they may really be onto something.
Why the Vikings Won’t Win Super Bowl 55
Trusting in Kirk Cousins remains one of the toughest things to do when betting on pro football. He has flashed brilliance at times, but all too often, he disappoints.
If Cousins is still that guy who takes two steps backward every time he makes progress, Minnesota is obviously in trouble. He’s the main thing that can decide this debate, so figure out which side of the fence you’re on and go from there.
Should Cousins be more solution than problem, the other glaring issue is Minnesota’s pass defense. The Vikings made an effort to completely revamp it, but that unit was their weakness in 2019. Trusting a bunch of young guys to fix things overnight could be problematic.
One more big problem is the fact that the NFC is not for the faint of heart. The NFC North is tough enough, but getting out of the NFC in general looks like a nightmare on paper.
Will the Vikings Win the 2021 Super Bowl?
Beyond the thing discussed, one thing working against Minnesota is their franchise history. It’s not exactly predictive, but the team is 0-4 in the Super Bowl.
Maybe that’s a narrative that eventually helps them, but I tend to doubt it. The reality is the Vikings are led by a good-but-not-great quarterback, and their once-elite defense is on life support as they rotate new blood in.
Working out of a rising NFC North and a tough NFC in general, Minnesota will do well just to keep things going in the right direction.
I think they’re back in the playoffs — and a title run isn’t out of the question — but they’re far from being among the top Super Bowl contenders we need to concern ourselves with.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.