Broncos vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Aug 11, 2021

Drew Lock is set to start for the Broncos against Minnesota on Saturday as he gets the first crack at Denver's open starting QB role, with Teddy Bridgewater right on his heels.

Denver
7-10
AT
August 14, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
8-9
Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -153
Over / Under o +34
Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +127
Over / Under u +34

The Denver Broncos are already in Minnesota ahead of their opening pre-season game against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday.  The teams are holding joint practices this week leading up to the game.

Denver is a 2.5-point favourite to win on the NFL pre-season odds, with the total at 34.5.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

These teams’ last pre-season meeting was in 2018 in Denver, with the Vikings winning 42-28.  They didn’t meet in the regular season last year, but they did face off in Week 11 during the 2019 season.  The Vikings came away with a 27-23 home win.  Kirk Cousins was the winning quarterback, finishing the day with 340 passing yards and three TDs.  For Denver, current Bengals backup QB Brandon Allen threw for 240 yards with one TD and one INT.

Sports Interaction’s NFL futures odds has set the Broncos regular season wins total at 8.5 with the Over favoured at -133.  They’re +140 to make the playoffs and -200 to miss out.  The Vikings also come in with an 8.5 regular season wins total and the Over is a -189 favourite.  They’re right on the bubble at -111 to make the playoffs and -125 to not make it.

Denver Broncos

There’s still a tight QB race going on in Denver right now.  Head coach Vic Fangio said Drew Lock will start against the Vikings, while Teddy Bridgewater gets the nod against Seattle next week.  Fangio has described the QB race as very even, but Lock seems to have a slight edge.  Last year, Lock tied for the league lead in interceptions and was last among starters in completion percentage.  Bridgewater started 15 games for Carolina last season.  He threw for 3,733 yards with 15 TDs, 11 INTs and a 92.1 quarterback rating.

Minnesota Vikings

It would be surprising to see QB Kirk Cousins play at all on Saturday.  Even forgetting the current controversy about his COVID vaccine remarks, there’s no point risking a veteran quarterback who already knows the offence as well as anyone.  You’ll likely see Jake Browning and Nate Stanley split the game.  Rookie Kellen Mond is reportedly unlikely to play after recently returning from a 10-day COVID quarantine.  First-round pick Christian Darrisaw will also likely be out of the lineup.  The offensive tackle has made slow progress in training camp and hasn’t been able to get past individual drills yet.

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