Preseason odds for NFL teams is a good way to look back to see expectations for the season and start to understand where things went wrong or right. Below, we will take a look at DraftKings Sportsbook’s preseason odds for win totals, division titles, player props and more while we discuss what led to their triumphs or disappointments.
Super Bowl: +2200
NFC North: +210
Win Total Over/Under: 9
The Vikings came into this season outside of the top 10 favorites to win the Super Bowl. They were given the third highest odds of winning the NFC North, behind the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, and the over/under win total was set at 9. By all accounts, the Vikings were expected to have a mediocre season. As we look back on the year, they surpassed lowered expectations and had a good season in 2019.
The Vikings ended the regular season with a 10-6 record, besting the over/under win total by one game. They placed second in their division and made it into the playoffs via the Wild Card. They won their first play-off game as they crushed the Saints’ Super Bowl hopes with a 26-20 win in New Orleans. The Vikings’ season ended in the Divisional Round as they lost 27-10 to the San Francisco 49ers. Making it to the Divisional Round of playoffs could be considered a huge success for a team that was predicted to finish third in their division at the start of the season.
Kirk Cousins passing yards: 4,125.5
Kirk Cousins passing TDs: 27.5
Adam Thielen receiving yards: 1,150.5
Adam Thielen receiving TDs: 7.5
Dalvin Cook rushing yards: 1,125.5
Dalvin Cook rushing TDs: 6
Stefon Diggs receiving yards: 975.5
Despite the team’s ability to rise above expectations, Kirk Cousins did not quite live up to his preseason props as he finished the year with 3,603 passing yards, missing the predicted mark by over 500 yards. He nearly reached the passing TD total, but came up just short, as he tossed 26 TDs on the year. These shortcomings may be, in part, a result of the Vikings’ strong run game and Dalvin Cook’s dominance throughout the season.
Adam Thielen had a rough year as he battled a hamstring injury that forced him to miss six regular season games. He was able to return for the playoffs despite a mysterious ankle injury, but he failed to come close to his receiving props as he finished the regular season with only 418 receiving yards. On a positive note, he was able to score six touchdowns despite his shortened season.
Dalvin Cook was a bright spot for the Vikings’ offense all year, as he rumbled for 1,135 rushing yards which was on par with his preseason prop despite missing two games. While on pace for his expected amount of rushing yards, he smashed the prop for rushing touchdowns as he scored 13 in the regular season. The Vikings have a true workhorse back in Cook, and he proved his ability to sustain a full season with a heavy workload.
Despite some rumors of discord in the locker room midway through the season, Stefon Diggs managed to rack up 1,130 receiving yards on the season. A large factor in Diggs’ success was likely the increased opportunity in Adam Thielen’s absence.
All in all, the Vikings were able to exceed expectations in 2019. With many of their key players still under contract in 2020, the Vikings will look to build on this season’s success and will likely see better preseason odds going into next year.
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