NFL Preseason Betting Picks: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos
The Minnesota Vikings had a fantastic 2017 campaign in going 13-3 and reaching the NFC Championship game with veteran quarterback Case Keenum having a career year for the NFC North Super Bowl-hopefuls. Still, it wasn’t enough to keep Keenum in Minnesota who signed free agent signal-caller Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal to lead them to the Promised Land.
Keenum was signed by the quarterback-needy Denver Broncos who have struggled the past couple of seasons while trying to identify a legitimate starting quarterback.
Now, with Minnesota looking to take the next step toward becoming Super Bowl champs and Denver looking in a mini-rebuild after missing the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and sinking all the way to 5-11 a year ago, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their Week 1 NFL preseason odds when they square off on Saturday.
It’s time to go against somebody else.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 10, 2018
🏈: NFL Preseason – Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos
🏟️: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
⏰: Sat. Aug 11, 2018, 9:00 PM
🎰: Minnesota Vikings -1 -110 | O 36½ -110
If you’re thinking about betting on Minnesota, then you should probably know that head coach Mike Zimmer loves to win in the preseason. The Vikings leader is a robust 14-3 in scrimmage games in his career. After Kirk Cousins leaves this game following a series or two at most, Minnesota will turn to newly signed backup Trevor Siemian, who, ironically, started 10 games for Denver last season while going a respectable 5-5 and completing 59.0 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. After Siemian leaves, the Vikings will get a look at 24-year-old signal-caller Kyle Sloter, who, ironically, was also with Denver a year ago as a project. Last but not least, former Holy Cross star Peter Pujals will get a shot to perform.
If you’re thinking about betting on the Broncos, you need to know that head coach Vance Joseph went 4-0 in his debut preseason campaign a year ago, so clearly, he likes to win games during the preseason. The Broncos also have what looks like a decent situation at backup quarterback where former first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch still wants to impress the Denver brass and prove his worth and former Ole Miss signal-caller Chad Kelly will look to impress and would like nothing better than to unseat Lynch as the No. 2 backup, seeing as how Lynch was given every shot to make it as a starter and has failed so far.
While I like Denver’s backup quarterback situation a lot more than most teams, I’m going to advise you to back the Minnesota Vikings in this matchup, mostly because I believe Trevor Siemian is going to be the best backup on the field and will play some significant minutes. Minnesota has the far better defense in this contest and Mike Zimmer is definitely the better head coach in this pairing. The Broncos basically have a lot more question marks on their roster than a Vikings team that has some legitimate Super Bowl hopes. I like Minnesota as a Pick ‘Em and you should too!
Pick: Vikings 21 Broncos 17
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