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Minnesota Vikings vs Cincinnati Bengals: Predictions, betting trends and stats for Week 1

By Squawka NFL

Published: 22:02, 8 September 2021 | Updated: 15:19, 23 September 2021

Oddsmakers give the Minnesota Vikings (0-0) the advantage on Sunday, September 12, 2021 against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-0). Minnesota is favored by 3 points. This game has an over/under of 48 points.

Vikings vs Bengals predictions

Computer predictions for Vikings vs Bengals
ATS Total Score prediction
Vikings (-3) Over (48) Vikings 27 Bengals 24

Vikings vs Bengals head-to-head

Minnesota holds a 3-2 advantage over Cincinnati in the past five matchups between these two squads. Minnesota scored 110 points in those five outings compared to Cincinnati’s 99.

Vikings vs Bengals betting odds

Vikings vs Bengals Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite spread odds Underdog spread odds Total Over total odds Under total odds
Vikings -3 -110 -110 48 -110 -110

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Vikings vs Bengals betting insights

Vikings trends

  • Minnesota covered the spread six times in 16 games last season.
  • The Vikings had two wins ATS (2-5) as a 3-point favorite or greater last year.
  • In 16 Minnesota games last year, 11 of them went over the total.
  • The Vikings averaged just 0.4 more points per game (26.9) than the Bengals allowed (26.5) last season.
  • Minnesota was 4-7 against the spread and 6-5 overall in games when it put up over 26.5 points last season.
  • The Vikings averaged 393.3 yards per game last season, just 3.9 more than the 389.4 the Bengals allowed per contest.
  • Minnesota was 4-4 against the spread and 4-4 overall when the team churned out over 389.4 yards last year.

Bengals trends

  • Cincinnati covered the spread nine times in 16 games last year.
  • Against the spread, as underdogs of 3 points or greater, the Bengals went 8-5 last season.
  • Cincinnati had eight of its 16 games hit the over last year.
  • The Bengals put up 10.3 fewer points per game (19.4) than the Vikings gave up (29.7) last season.
  • Cincinnati was 5-0 against the spread and 3-2 overall last season when the team put up more than 29.7 points.
  • The Bengals averaged 73.5 fewer yards per game (319.8) than the Vikings gave up (393.3) per matchup last season.
  • Cincinnati was 4-0 against the spread and 2-2 overall when the team totaled more than 393.3 yards last season.

Team stats

Compare 2020 season stats for Vikings and Bengals
Vikings Stats Bengals
266.6 Pass yards 237.1
266.7 Pass yards against 246.4
142.7 Rush yards 104.3
134.4 Rush yards against 148.2
-1 Turnover differential -7

Player betting tips

Vikings top players

  • Kirk Cousins threw for 4,265 yards last season (266.6 yards per game) while completing 67.6% of his passes (349-of-516), with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
  • A season ago, Dalvin Cook picked up 1,557 rushing yards (97.3 yards per game) and scored 16 touchdowns. He tacked on 44 catches for 361 yards (22.6 receiving yards per game) with one receiving touchdown.
  • Alexander Mattison totaled 434 rushing yards on 96 carries (27.1 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground, last year.
  • Last season, Justin Jefferson was targeted 125 times and amassed 88 catches for 1,400 yards (87.5 ypg) and scored seven touchdowns.
  • Adam Thielen’s stat line last year showed 74 grabs for 925 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 57.8 receiving yards per game and was targeted 108 times.
  • Irv Smith Jr. caught 30 passes on 43 targets for 365 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 22.8 yards per game last season.
  • Dalvin Tomlinson showed out with an impressive stat line of 3.5 sacks, 9.5 TFL and 73 tackles last year.
  • Eric Kendricks’ 2020 campaign saw him total 145 tackles, 4.5 TFL, and three interceptions.
  • Harrison Smith intercepted five passes and tacked on 124 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, and 10 passes defended last season.

Bengals top players

  • Last year Joe Burrow racked up 2,688 passing yards (268.8 yards per game) while going 264-for-404 (65.3% completion percentage) and throwing 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He added 142 rushing yards on 37 carries with three touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards per game.
  • Joe Mixon rushed for 428 yards on 119 attempts (47.6 yards per game) while scoring three touchdowns a season ago. He also averaged 15.3 receiving yards per game, grabbing 21 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.
  • Last year Samaje Perine rushed for 301 yards on 63 carries (18.8 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns.
  • Last season Tee Higgins was targeted 108 times and collected 67 catches for 908 yards (56.8 ypg) while scoring six touchdowns.
  • Tyler Boyd also added 79 grabs for 841 yards and four touchdowns last year. He was targeted 110 times and put up 52.6 receiving yards per game.
  • Drew Sample collected 349 yards on 40 catches with one touchdown in 2020, averaging 21.8 yards per game (on 53 targets).
  • Last season Trey Hendrickson racked up 13.5 sacks, 13.5 TFL and 28 tackles.
  • Over his 2020 campaign, Vonn Bell collected 161 tackles and four TFL.
  • Mike Hilton intercepted three passes and tacked on 60 tackles, eight TFL, three sacks, and seven passes defended last season.


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