2021 NFL Week 1 Betting: Vikings vs. Bengals Odds & Picks (09/12/2021)
Best betting sites for NFL favor the Vikings over the Bengals on September 12, 2021, 1:00 PM ET at Paul Brown Stadium.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cincinnati Bengals Odds by MyBookie.ag
|Bengals||+3 ( -105 )||48 ( -110 )||+145|
|Vikings||-3 ( -115 )||48 ( -110 )||-170|
Betting Minnesota Vikings
The Vikes are slight road faves according to the best online sportsbooks. The Minnesota Vikings fell short last season. That was because of a defense that ranked 29th in scoring defense. As well as 27th in total defense.
The Vikings got many reinforcements with the returns of Michael Pierce, Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks. All of them missed playing time as a result of injuries or the pandemic. The addition of corner Patrick Peterson is going to help the Vikings. The 31-year-old, eight-time Pro Bowl selection should still have something left in the gas tank.
On offense, Kirk Cousins finished last season on a high note. Dalvin Cook has reached 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive years. Wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are proving to be a hell of a tandem. Provided the Vikings defense makes huge strides, they should make the postseason for the fourth time under coach Mike Zimmer.
Looking at trends from betting sites for NFL, Minnesota is 0-7 ATS in their last seven games. The total has gone OVER in eight of Minnesota’s last 11 games. Minnesota is 1-6 SU in their last seven games when playing on the road against Cincinnati.
The total has gone OVER in seven of Minnesota’s last nine games against an opponent in the American Football Conference. The total has gone OVER in six of Minnesota’s last eight games against an opponent in the AFC North division. Minnesota is 1-5 SU in their last six games played in September. Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last five games played in week 1.
Betting Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are home dogs at betting sites for NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals continue to try to find themselves under head coach Zac Taylor. They have shed a lot of useless fat from past seasons. Of course, Joe Burrow’s success will have a lot to do with where the Bengals finish.
The Bengals o-line has to improve. The additions of Riley Reiff and Jackson Carman are steps in the right direction. Rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will get a lot of attention, but running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon are an underrated backfield.
On defense, the Bengals ranked 22nd in scoring defense and 26th in total defense. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo aims to create a more aggressive pass rush. Larry Ogunjobi and Trey Hendrickson can be expected to do a lot of the grunt work upfront. The Bengals have to improve in the trenches if this season is going to be successful.
The total has gone UNDER in five of Cincinnati’s last seven games. Cincinnati is 3-9 SU in their last 12 games. The total has gone UNDER in four of Cincinnati’s last five games against Minnesota. Cincinnati is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games at home.
Cincinnati is 6-1 SU in their last seven games when playing at home against Minnesota. The total has gone UNDER in five of Cincinnati’s last five games against an opponent in the National Football Conference.
Cincinnati is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against an opponent in the NFC North division. Cincinnati is 0-6-1 SU in their last seven games played in September. The total has gone UNDER in five of Cincinnati’s last six games played on a Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Pick
Cincinnati will Win, Cover the Spread, and the Total will go Over.