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Tips For Betting On Vikings Colts – Vikings, Colts Focus On Solving Problems In Week Two

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/11/2012 6:37:21 PM

The Minnesota Vikings won and the Indianapolis Colts lost, but each of these teams has a lot of work to do in week two of the 2012 National Football League season. Sunday's kickoff awaits.

Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, September 16   
Football betting line: Pick 'em

Why Minnesota Will Win

When poker is played, the team with the best cards wins, and Minnesota probably has the best player on the field in this contest. Adrian Peterson's body was shredded last year, yet the injured superstar returned to the lineup on opening day amidst a whirlwind of speculation and uncertainty. Peterson answered the bell for his team and head coach Leslie Frazier. He ran for two touchdowns as the Vikings outlasted the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime. Peterson's will to win is infectious. It has infused the Minnesota locker room with a lot of belief.

The Vikings might not be an NFC contender in the long run, but right now, they're 1-0 and feeling very good about themselves. The Vikings needed a pick-me-up in week one. Trailing by a field goal in the final 20 seconds, they scrambled to tie the game and then win it in the extra period. Such an escape lifts a team's attitude and transforms the way it sees itself. Minnesota is riding high at the moment, and since the Vikings are playing a young Indianapolis team with a quarterback (Andrew Luck) who is going to learn a lot of harsh lessons in 2012, it's quite reasonable, maybe even expected, that Minnesota will win this game on the road in the heart of Hoosier country.

Why Indianapolis Will Win

It's not unheard of for betting analysts to be cautious about highly-touted NFL rookies, and it's certainly true that Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck is going to endure some growing pains this season. With that having been said, however, Luck is in position to snag the first win of his professional career this Sunday.

First of all, a season opener in Chicago against a loaded Bears team was not the kind of week one game the Colts were expected to win. Indianapolis figured to lose that game, so the Colts should not be seen as a team in crisis come week two. The Bears plucked four takeaways from Luck, who realized that the speed of an NFL regular-season game is quite different from the preseason. This realization was going to arrive at some point. It's just as well that Luck was able to see such a truth sooner rather than later.

With an appropriately sober outlook, Luck should be able to prepare well and improve his level of ball security against a Minnesota squad that almost lost to lowly Jacksonville at home in week one. The Vikings will have to be at their very best to win this game. Indianapolis is just as talented as Minnesota. Playing at home, the Colts will enjoy a slight edge as long as the Vikings don't perform well above their pay grade.

Who Will Win

This game should be seen as a toss-up, but it's hard to shake the notion that the Vikings could not outclass Jacksonville by a considerable margin at home. What would make a bettor think that Minnesota can eclipse Indianapolis on the road? Take the Colts by a field goal.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Indianapolis


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