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Chiefs vs Vikings Odds - Quarterback battle, Harvin’s arrival will propel Vikes to victory

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:26:48 AM
NFL betting picksThe Chiefs vs Vikings odds feature two teams that are opposites in many ways. The Chiefs are a young team, building for the future, with quarterback arguably their deepest position. The Vikings are ready to win now, driven by a great running game and defense, but with question marks at QB. What will happen when opposing forces collide in preseason NFL betting?

Chiefs vs Vikings odds: Vikings -3.5

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Friday, August 21, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis ,MN
  • PICK: Vikings -3.5

Chiefs vs Vikings maker breakdown: Offense

It’s tough to award an edge when most teams are playing their backups, but it’s worth noting that the Chiefs and Vikes both have some capable benchwarmers. Tyler Thigpen threw 18 touchdown passes as a starter last season, so it was no surprise to see him toss a score in the Chiefs’ preseason opener.

The Vikes should rest all-world back Adrian Peterson for most of the game, but quarterbacks Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are still battling for the starting job, so they’ll work extra hard. Also, it looks like wideout Percy Harvin will make his much-anticipated season debut on Friday, so the Vikings have the advantage.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Chiefs vs Vikings odds maker breakdown: Defense

Preseason or not, it’s safe betting on the Vikings’ “D” to swarm Kansas City on Friday. The pass rush swarmed the stellar Colts’ O-line, recording six sacks last week. Do you really think they’ll have trouble with Kansas City after that? The Chiefs’ “D” looked suspect against Houston and may struggle to contain Harvin and Chester Taylor.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Chiefs vs Vikings odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

As long as Harvin plays – and he’s expected to after missing last week’s opener – you can bet at the offshore sportsbook that the Vikings’ return game will be a treat to watch on Friday. Don’t be surprised if the Vikes unleash Harvin for kick and punt return duties – and you can bet Kansas City will do plenty of punting.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Chiefs vs Vikings odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

Vikings deep threat Bernard Berrian hurt his hamstring last week and is a long shot to play Friday, especially since Minnesota will want to see what they have with Harvin. The Chiefs have no notable injuries to impact players. No offense, Kolby Smith.

Betting Edge: Chiefs

Chiefs vs Vikings betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

Don’t fret, Chiefs fans. Friday’s game doesn’t necessarily reflect your team’s season hopes. In fact, the Chiefs are a decent sleeper this season. However, Friday could get ugly. The Vikes’ quarterback battle will have the offense pushing itself and Minny’s pass rush is in midseason form by the looks of it. Bet on the Vikings to win big at home.

STAN’S PICK: Vikings -3.5

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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