National Football League: Week 1 Preseason MIN vs. DEN
Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos August 11, 2018- 9:00 PM ET Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO
Saturday night NFL Week 1 preseason action will take us out to Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium as the Minnesota Vikings will square off against the Denver Broncos in a contest under the lights that has the following NFL lines from our top-rated betting sites ;
The current betting trend shows the public consensus for this NFL game favoring Vikings at +245
After reaching the NFC title game last season only to fall short to eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia, the Vikings will be seeking another successful year in 2018 after going 13-3 in the regular season.
Quarterback Case Keenum was behind center last season leading the Vikings all the way to the title game, but is not in the Minnesota plans this time around as he will be replaced by former Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins, who was signed to an $84 million dollar payday during the offseason. Along with Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater were let go paving the way for Cousins to be the QB of the future. Banking on another successful year were he threw for 4,000 yards with 25 touchdowns, Cousins will also have some help in the backfield with RB Dalvin Cook.
Cook was effective with the rock averaging 4.8 yards per carry before tearing his ACL in Week 4. If Cook can be effective once again in bolstering the offense along with a defensive unit that had heads turning, we will see another strong push from Minnesota as they compete in the NFC North.
On the Broncos side of the ball, they will be looking for vast improvement after a 5-11 record that found them in last-place in the AFC West and missing the postseason for the second straight year. Needing a change at the quarterback position, Denver went out and nabbed Keenum. With 22 touchdown passes to just seven picks with Minnesota in 2017, the Broncos wanted their man by giving him a guaranteed two-year, $25 million dollar contract. The quarterback position was a mess last season for the Broncos, so we can expect Keenum to be a huge upgrade.
Needing help on the defensive end in getting to opposing QBs, the Broncos drafted Bradley Chubb out NC State. The Denver D recorded 33 sacks last season; a far cry from the 52 sacks in their Super Bowl winning year two years prior.
While, we can expect the Vikings to contend once again, the jury is still out on what to expect from Denver, who will have their hands full in a tough AFC West Division. For sports betting purposes for this MIN vs. DEN matchup from our best sportsbooks, BetNow has this one (EVEN) with MyBookie laying the Over/Under at 34.5 total game points scored. Give me the Vikings over Denver in a straight-up win as my best NFL betting pick.