Minnesota Vikings vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Best Odds and Preview for Week 1

By BestOdds Analyst | September 7, 2021, 4:02 pm

The Minnesota Vikings (0-0) are favored by 3 points against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) on September 12, 2021, starting at 1:00 PM ET. The game has an over/under of 48 points.

Best odds for Vikings vs. Bengals

Welcome to the BestOdds betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances in the upcoming game.

Today, we are looking at the NFL matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals in which the Vikings are currently the clear pick among bettors to cover the spread.

Vikings Vs. Bengals Spread Betting Action

Vikings vs Bengals Moneyline Action
Vikings Bengals
Bet % 59% 41%
Stake % 74% 26%

Minnesota stats and betting info

Betting trends for Minnesota

  • Minnesota covered six times in 16 games with a spread last season.
  • The Vikings covered the spread twice last season (2-5 ATS) when playing as at least 3-point favorites.
  • A total of 11 of Minnesota’s games last season went over the point total.
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 266.6 (4265) 12
Rush yards 142.7 (2283) 5
Points scored 26.9 (430) 11
Pass yards against 266.7 (4267) 22
Rush yards against 134.4 (2151) 27
Points allowed 29.7 (475) 29

Key players for Minnesota

  • Last season, Kirk Cousins had a monster passing stat line with 4,265 yards (266.6 yards per game), a 67.6% completion percentage (349-of-516), 35 touchdowns, and only 13 interceptions.
  • Last year, Dalvin Cook churned out 1,557 rushing yards (97.3 yards per game) and 16 touchdowns. In the receiving game, he made 44 catches for 361 yards (22.6 yards per game) and one touchdown.
  • Alexander Mattison ran for 434 yards on 96 carries (27.1 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns last year.
  • In the previous season, Justin Jefferson grabbed 88 passes (on 125 targets) for 1,400 yards (87.5 yards per game). He also found the end zone for seven touchdowns.
  • Adam Thielen produced last year by grabbing 74 passes for 925 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 61.7 receiving yards per game and was targeted 108 times.

Minnesota injuries

Vikings: No Injuries Listed

BestOdds rating 9.4
$1,001 In Free Bets

Cincinnati stats and betting info

Betting trends for Cincinnati

  • Cincinnati covered nine times in 16 matchups with a spread last season.
  • The Bengals were 8-5 ATS last season when playing as at least 3-point underdogs.
  • Cincinnati’s games hit the over eight out of 16 times last year.
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 237.1 (3793) 25
Rush yards 104.3 (1668) 24
Points scored 19.4 (311) 29
Pass yards against 246.4 (3942) 12
Rush yards against 148.0 (2368) 29
Points allowed 26.5 (424) 22

Key players for Cincinnati

  • Joe Burrow completed 65.3% of his passes to throw for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Burrow also helped on the ground, tallying three touchdowns on 14.2 yards per game.
  • Joe Mixon averaged 47.6 rushing yards per game and tallied three rushing touchdowns last year. Mixon complemented his rushing performance with 2.3 receptions per game to average 15.3 receiving yards.
  • Samaje Perine ran for three touchdowns on 301 yards a year ago.
  • Tee Higgins averaged 56.8 yards on 4.2 receptions per game and compiled six receiving touchdowns in 2020.
  • Tyler Boyd averaged 52.6 receiving yards on 6.9 targets per game in 2020, scoring four touchdowns.
  • Drew Sample averaged 21.8 receiving yards per game on 3.3 targets per game a season ago.

Cincinnati injuries

Bengals: No Injuries Listed

Pick for Vikings vs. Bengals

Bet split data from regulated betting sites combined with our in-depth statistical analysis favors the Vikings to cover the spread against the Bengals.

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