It was the second consecutive dismal season for the Minnesota Vikings as the 2011 club went 3-13 and finished in last place in the NFC North division. The team started 0-4 and after seven games was 1-6. Head coach Leslie Frasier has a career mark of 6-16 with Minnesota and will be coaching for his job this season as with another failed playoff appearance could prove the end of his tenure. The 13 losses in 2011 were the worst ever season in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. The club suffered a major setback last year as the team lost the services of pro bowl running back Adrian Peterson with an ACL injury. Peterson is a vital component in the Vikings offensive attack and the running back has worked tirelessly in the offseason to try and recover fully from this horrible injury.
The 2012 Minnesota Vikings regular season win total for the 2012 season has been lined at 6 wins. The under six wins is the current favorite in the wagering at -140 odds. The return on over 6 runs is currently returning underdog odds at +110. The odds used for the Minnesota Vikings season win total were courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Minnesota Vikings woes in the 2012 year came greatly on the defensive side of the ball. Prior to his head coaching stint with Minnesota Leslie Frazier served as the team’s defensive coordinator. The mantra for the Vikings during Frazier’s years as defensive coordinator and head coach is the fact that the team can stop the run and can’t stop the pass. The Vikings were 31st in the NFL in scoring defense as the club allowed a very poor 28.1 points per game. They allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 68.2% of their passes ranking 31st in all of football. In his rookie campaign quarterback Christian Ponder completed 54.3% of his passes with 1853 yards with 13 touchdowns and picks. He does have weapons to throw to in the likes of Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins. They pick up Jerome Simpson in free agency from the Bengals. In the draft they take USC tackle Matt Kalil in the first round and then concentrate on defense and specifically in the secondary the rest of the draft. The team struggles in pass defense and their young secondary will have to cut their teeth against the likes of Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers in two divisional games this season. They go 1-5 at best against the NFC North this year so the play here is on the Minnesota Vikings to play under the total of 6 wins but first check the sports odds.