Vikings vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Sep 09, 2021

Joe Burrow is looking to put last year's season-ending knee injury behind him, as he leads the Cincinnati Bengals in a Week 1 home match against the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota
3-3
AT
September 12, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Pointspread -3 -115
Moneyline -155
Over / Under o +47.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

Pointspread +3 -105
Moneyline +129
Over / Under u +47.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

Armed with one of the most promising young offensive cores in football, the Cincinnati Bengals are eager to show the NFL world what they can do – and they’ll get a stiff test to start as they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Led by second-year quarterback Joe Burrow, the Bengals have high hopes for the 2021 season but are slight home underdogs on the NFL odds against a Vikings team that is already dealing with plenty of off-the-field controversy.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Vikings come in as 3-point favourites to win, following an uneven 2020 season in which they put together an impressive 6-1 against the spread stretch from Weeks 3-10, then proceeded to go 0-7 ATS to close out the year. Yet, that frustrating inconsistency is a distant memory to Sports Interaction bettors, with 73 per cent of action siding with the road team. The Bengals were one of the most pleasant ATS surprises of 2021, finishing 9-6-1 despite going just 3-5 ATS in the second half.

Saturday’s total is set at 47.5, with a slight 57 per cent majority of Sports Interaction customers siding with the Under. The Bengals closed out the 2020 campaign on a 2-5 O/U run, but they lost Burrow to a season-ending knee injury in the first game of that stretch (a major reason why they averaged just 15.3 points during that span). The Vikings, on the other hand, were a sizzling 11-4-1 O/U for the season (with one of the Unders falling just a half-point short).

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins is drawing far more attention for his COVID-19 vaccination status (unvaccinated, for those of you wondering) than his QB acumen, which could spell trouble for the Vikings should he miss time during the season. That said, if Cousins remains in the lineup, he has a wealth of weapons at his disposal once again. NFL No. 2 rusher Dalvin Cook is back, along with sensational second-year wideout Justin Jefferson and steady veteran Adam Thielen.

Cincinnati Bengals

The big question in Southwestern Ohio is: How will Burrow look coming into the season? That knee injury suffered halfway through a promising rookie season was a major blow to his development, and it’s unclear whether Burrow will be in top form in Week 1. Still, even if he isn’t, he has plenty of help on offence, with bellcow Joe Mixon leading the backfield charge and Burrow’s LSU teammate, Ja’Marr Chase, joining the wide receiver corps.

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