The National Football League champions enter the offseason as the overwhelming favorite to repeat as NFC champs. The runners-up in January, the Minnesota Vikings, are a distant second and tied with the Green Bay Packers at 6-to-1 odds, this according to the World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, WestGate of Las Vegas. Odds to Win Super Bowl LIII: Eagles 7-1 to repeat.
The way to early odds to win the 2019 Super Bowl have the reigning champion Eagles as significant favorites because of the Vikings player personnel questions. Will ownership and the front office decide on who will be their starting quarterback for the upcoming season… soon?
In addition the Vikings will sport a new offensive coordinator after losing Pat Shurmur to the New York Giants this past month. There are a plethora of rumors that claim the Vikings will consider trading for Washington Redskins signal-caller Kirk Cousins. Any truth to the front office showing interest in Cousins would bloody an already messy situation as to who Minnesota will roster at quarterback heading into offseason workouts.
After losing starter Sam Bradford to a knee injury his backup, Case Keenum, had the best season of his hit-and-miss career. It’s no secret that Bradford and his agent will be looking for a big money contract this offseason but after the season that Keenum had Bradford has lost serious leverage with the Vikings. Published reports have Bradford’s market value in the neighborhood of $23 million per year, this coming off a season in which he played less than two games due to a reoccurring knee issue.
The Vikings have some tough decisions to make. Bradford’s knee injury history makes him a risk that Minnesota is obviously going to heehaw about investing into.
Minnesota’s new OC, John DeFilippo, is in a position to either inherit a pair of experienced quarterbacks that will require a number of hard-line decisions about who is the best option to start. And no matter who is signed, releases, or traded for, the team will ultimately be faced with pushback from the local media and the fan base.
The Vikings will continue to deflect when asked about their quarterback plans in the coming months. They will do so behind the coach-speak of Mike Zimmer and how he wants to build around his defense. Money could and should be spent on the Vike’s defensive line. The loss of Sharrif Floyd, or assumed departure, because of nerve issues in his knee, make Minnesota thin on the defensive front. Also the free agent status of Tom Johnson and backup Shamar Stephen make Minnesota defensively offensive in the first two rounds of this year’s draft.
But if you believe that the Vikings ownership and their staff will make prudent and favorable offseason decisions concerning the offense then getting 6-to-1 on the Vikings to win the National Football Conference is a sound investment.
The SuperBook of Las Vegas, Westgate, has updated the Odds to Win Super Bowl LIII:
Odds to Win Super Bowl LIII: Eagles 7-1 to repeat
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