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Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals: Preview and Pick
- Updated: December 20, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals had a chance to get a very big win in the National Football League, but feel flat against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night Football. Although they are home this week, things won’t get an easier as they host the Minnesota Vikings, a team that has clearly not given up on the season.
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals Preview
The NFL odds for this game opened up with the Bengals being listed as touchdown favorite. Despite the fact that the Bengals are the home team, the betting public is impressed with the way that the Vikings are playing and they are backing the road team at a 65 percent clip. This early betting trend has not moved the point spread and it can still be found at (-7) at several of the top rated offshore sportsbooks.
If the Bengals hope to stop the Vikings they will need to play much better on defense. Bengals tied a team record for points allowed in 1st quarter, with 21 points allowed on Sunday. They previously allowed 21 in a win over the Seahawks and 21 in a loss to the Bears in 1986.
The Vikings played great defense against the Eagles. LeSean McCoy had just 8 rushes for 38 yards, bad news for an Eagles team that relies heavily on their workhorse back. The Vikings defense will be eager to go up against the Bengals as they hope to keep winning late in the season. It will be much easier if Adrian Peterson is back in the lineup.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the trends are in favor of the home team for this game. Minnesota is 1-4 straight up in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati and the total has gone over in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home. Cincinnati is 5-0 straight up in its last 5 games at home and Minnesota is 4-10-1 straight up in its last 15 games. Cincinnati is 7-3 straight up in its last 10 games overall and Minnesota is 0-4-1 straight up in its last 5 games on the road. Form a betting stand point Cincinnati is 15-7-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 23 games and the total has gone over in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 9 games.
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check the forum during the week and on the day of the game for the free pick to get the latest and most up to date information on the game.