Bengals vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Week 15 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 12, 2017

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After stringing together eight straight wins, Minnesota finally hit a wall in last week’s loss to Carolina.

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December 17, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
13-3
Pointspread +13 -110
Moneyline +600
Over / Under o +43

33%

Betting Action

67%

Pointspread -13 -110
Moneyline -850
Over / Under u +43

33%

Betting Action

67%

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off their first loss since October 1st. After their eight-game win streak came to a sudden halt in a 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Vikings will look to get back on track with a favorable matchup in Week 15 against a Cincinnati Bengals team that appears to have packed it in for the year.

Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Minnesota has been one of the most profitable teams to bet on in the NFL this season. The Vikings are 10-2 straight up with a 9-4 record against the spread this season. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has been a disappointment with a 5-8 record but is 7-6 against the spread.

The Vikings tend to win but not cover in this role as they are 13-4 in their last 17 as a home favorite of 10.5 to 14 points. However, they’re just 6-11 ATS in that spot. The Bengals have lost 33 of their last 34 as a dog of 10 or more but have gone 19-15 ATS in that situation.

Cincinnati Bengals

After showing signs of life with back-to-back wins over the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, the Bengals have lost back-to-back games to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears at home. The loss to the Steelers was the backbreaker as they were up by double-digits and with a win, could have got back in the playoff race. Instead, they completely blew it and let it hang over their heads the following week at home to Chicago. Cincinnati allowed rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky to throw for 271 yards and a touchdown while running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen torched them on the ground for 227 yards and two touchdowns. It won’t get any easier for the Bengals defense this week against an even better offense on the road in Minnesota.

This is a Bengals team that looks like they need a change on the sidelines. They’re banged up, they’re demoralized and they’re just playing out the string. Covering the spread is probably their best hope.

Minnesota Vikings

Quarterback Case Keenum was sacked six times and the Vikings had three turnovers in a 31-24 loss to the Panthers. Even with the turnovers, the Vikings still managed to tie the game late and make a game of it. Minnesota’s defense actually delivered a fairly strong performance with the exception of a couple of key plays that really hurt them. A 60-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Stewart and a Cam Newton 60-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings defense will be looking to feast on a Bengals offense that has been extremely inconsistent at best this season. Cincinnati has lost three of four on the road, scoring an average of 14.3 points per game. They’re not going to have much life here, so it’s up to the Vikings to make sure they take it to them early and don’t give them a whiff.

Bengals vs Vikings Prediction

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