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2012 Minnesota Vikings Prediction
Projected Finish (5-11) – 9/4/2012
4th Place NFC North

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Minnesota Vikings 2012 Season Win Total Outlook & Projection:

2012 Minnesota Vikings Las Vegas Season Win Total Line;
As of this writing, oddsmakers have the 2012 NFL regular season win total line for the Minnesota Vikings set at 6 wins. This number represents an increase of 3 wins compared to the Vikings prior year record of (3-13). It also represents a decrease of 1 win compared to last year’s season win total betting line.

Part of this line has to do with the Vikings’ secondary expected to improve with the return of CB’s Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook, plus draft picks in the secondary.

Revamping of the offensive line could pay dividends too.

And the acquisition of freakish WR Jerome Simpson could open the offense once he gets on the field.

Of course all eyes will be upon Adrian Peterson coming back from a torn ACL. The injury is another reason the Vikings’ season win total line is barely hovering above this preseason’s bottom rung squads including Jacksonville at 5.5, Indianapolis at 5.5, and Cleveland at 5.

Schedule Analysis:
On paper Minnesota’s 2012 schedule ranks in the upper echelon for toughness, thanks to playing in the NFC North returning two playoff squads in Green Bay and Detroit.

Overall the Vikings will play 6 games versus teams that made the playoffs a season ago. Although this is a reduction of 1 such game compared to the previous season.

However, one can also argue the Bears could have been a playoff team last season if not for the injury to QB Jay Cutler. Now add into the mix Chicago has added WR Brandon Marshall… If we consider Minnesota’s two tilts with the Bears as playoff caliber competition, on paper we can say half of Minnesota’s games in 2012 are against playoff caliber squads.

Nonetheless, the Vikings also draw their share of more winnable matchups including; home to Jacksonville in week 1, @Indianapolis in week 2, home to Tampa Bay in week 8, and @St. Louis in week 15.

Above average competition includes Tennessee at home in week 5, @Washington in week 6, home to Arizona in week 7, and @Seattle in week 9.

Overall, nearly 2/3 of Minnesota’s contests are matchups in which a loss would not be an astonishing result. Although this is an improvement from last season’s 3/4 number.

Record Projection:
In 2012 we project the Vikings to go (5-11), falling just shy of the Vegas season win total of 6 games.

If Minnesota’s defense can make a 180 degree turn (which wouldn’t be overly surprising) then there is upside to this projection… So it’s not a strong pick to the under. However, barring injury, the passing attacks of Minnesota’s division rivals will likely be too difficult to stop to make much headway in the NFC North.

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