Minnesota Vikings

Written by: Ioana Romanasu
Updated October 14, 2022
5 min read

The Minnesota Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960 and despite a lackluster 2018-19, the Vikings have big potential heading into the new season.

For sports gamblers, there are lots of question marks, including how the Vikings will be able to deal with a stacked NFC North division that includes powerhouse teams like the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.

In this Minnesota Vikings team guide, we’ll explore the team’s past and present situation and also make a few predictions about what is likely to happen this coming season. We’ll cover lots of ground, including:

  • Stats and tips that can help you win more betting on the Vikings.
  • The team’s most impressive and memorable accomplishments.
  • Facts and trivia about the Vikings in the form of an FAQ.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings Team History

The Minnesota Vikings were founded in 1960 as an NFL expansion team and they played their first game in 1961. Since then they’ve won a single league championship, three conference championships, 20 division titles and made 29 playoff appearances. Since 1987, the Vikings have never gone more than four consecutive seasons without making the playoffs.

The Vikings have made it to the Super Bowl on four different occasions but lots every single time.

The Vikings’ biggest rivals right now are the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears. The most recognizable names in Vikings franchise history include Fran Tarkenton, Cris Carter, Adrian Peterson, and Randy Moss.

Minnesota Vikings FAQs

How much are the Minnesota Vikings worth?

During the 2017 season, the Vikings organization generated $408 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $2.4 billion.

Who owns the Minnesota Vikings?

The Vikings are owned by Zygmunt Wilf.

When did the Minnesota Vikings become a team?

The organization played its first season in 1961.

Have the Minnesota Vikings Won a Super Bowl?

No, the Vikings have not won a Super Bowl.

What stadium and city do the Minnesota Vikings play in?

Since 2016, the Vikings have played at U.S. Bank Stadium, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Where do the Vikings have training camp?

The club holds a training camp at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, located in Eagan, Minnesota.

What is the Minnesota Vikings mascot?

Viktor the Viking is the official mascot of the Minnesota Vikings.

What are the Minnesota Vikings team colors?

The Vikings wear purple, gold, and white.

Minnesota Vikings Player Highlights

All-Time Team Leaders

Games played Jim Marshall
Passing Yards Fran Tarkenton 33,098
Passing TDs Fran Tarkenton 239
Receiving Yards Cris Carter 12,383
Receiving TDs Cris Carter 110
Rushing Yards Adrian Peterson 11,747
Rushing TDs Adrian Peterson 97
Sacks John Randle 114
Interceptions Paul Krause 53
Points Scored (Kicker) Fred Cox 1,365

Tips for Betting on Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings came into the 2018 season with their eyes on a possible Super Bowl. Coming off a trip to the NFC Championship game the year prior, the Vikings went all-in during free agency and landed QB Kirk Cousins, who they hoped would lead them to their first Super Bowl championship.

Whether it was the weight of increased expectations or an overhyped roster, the Vikings didn’t even make the playoffs. Cousins was up and down in his first season in Minnesota and didn’t ignite the offense the way many expected. The defense, which finished in the top ten in points per game, was strong for most of the year and only gave up 30+ points in a game twice all season.

Vikings have to contend with a tough NFC North. The Chicago Bears are a clear-cut Super Bowl contender while the Green Bay Packers welcome back franchise QB Aaron Rodgers after an injury-plagued 2018. To provide some much-needed protection for Cousins, the Vikings selected center Garrett Bradbury with the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft.

The Vikings’ strong defense and the sputtering offense made them one of the league’s most consistent under teams in 2018 which is great if you like betting point totals. Their week three game vs the Bills was an eye-opener for bettors, as they came in as 16.5 point favorites yet managed to lose the game by 21 points.

After a week seven win against the Jets, the Vikings offense was never able to top 24 points in a single game and put up 10 points or less in four of their final five games. The Vikings have five primetime games in 2019, which could be a problem for QB Kirk Cousins who has an abysmal 5-13 record playing under the lights.

Here are some key numbers for bettors to think about:

  • The Vikings were above average vs. the point spread last season, finishing with a record of 8-7-1 for a 53.3 cover percentage.
  • The Vikings were 6-10-0 in 2018 when it came to covering the over on point totals. We anticipate a similar result in 2019.
  • After their late bye in week 12, the Vikings have an extremely tough schedule to close out the year: Week 13 (at Seahawks, primetime), week 15 (at Chargers, primetime), week 16 (vs. Packers, primetime), and week 17 (vs. Bears).

Start Betting on the Minnesota Vikings Now

This year the Vikings are hoping to make it back to the playoffs after a disappointing 2018 season. With one of the league’s best WR duos, a high-priced QB, and a strong defense, expectations remain high.

Expectations are also high for Minnesota to make some headway during 2019 in the fight to legalize sports betting. State lawmakers have publicly voiced their opinions about moving forward with legalization and although no bills have been introduced so far, chances are good we’ll see something major happen this year.

Keep an eye on our guide to legal sports betting in Minnesota to stay up to date as the story unfolds.

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Ioana has been working in the US iGaming industry since 2018, when she joined Gaming Innovation Group as a Content Executive for World Sports Network. Ioana is now Content Team Lead for WSN and manages the day-to-day operations across the site. From coordinating content with the vast writing team, to ensuring all operator details on the site are up-to-date and accurate, Ioana is vital cog in the WSN machine.
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