Published on: 12th December, 2009
NFL Betting – Vikings look to get back on track against hot Bengals
Minnesota is still one of the top sports betting favorites in the NFC, but their confidence had to take a shot after being manhandled by Arizona on Sunday night. The Vikings will try to right the ship when they host Cincinnati this week.
Bengals vs Vikings betting – Sunday, December 13, 1:00 PM ET
The Bengals (9-3) beat Detroit 23-13 for their fourth win in five games, and they shut the Lions down after a 54-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Cincinnati held the Lions to 245 yards and two turnovers, and they proceeded to dominate the game on the ground, led by Cedric Benson’s 110 yards. Carson Palmer was 17-of-29 for 220 yards with a touchdown and two picks, while Chad Ochocinco caught nine passes for 137 yards and a score, which led to a fine by the NFL after Ochocinco put on a sombrero and poncho on the sidelines. What do you think the NFL betting odds in your sportsbook would be for Ochocinco racking up over $100,000 in fines next year?
The Vikings (10-2) were brought down to earth in a 30-17 loss in Arizona as Brett Favre went 30-of-45 for 275 yards and two touchdowns, but he was picked off twice, and the Cardinals sacked him twice as well. Adrian Peterson had his worst game as a pro with 19 yards on 13 carries, and the Vikings gave up 398 yards. This was easily Minnesota’s worst game of the year, and they were due after winning their last three games by an average of 22.3 points.
The Vikings are a 6.5-point NFL betting favorite at home this week, and their recent three-game winning streak came at the Metrodome, so they’ll be happy to get back home. However, the Bengals are a tough team that doesn’t mind playing in hostile environments. Cincinnati is 4-1 on the road, 3-2 ATS away from home. Also, they’re an amazing 6-0 as an underdog, and they seem to like having their backs against the wall. The Vikings should win, but the Bengals will keep it close.
Internet betting pick: Cincinnati +6.5