2024 NFL Cheat Sheet: Minnesota Vikings Stats & Odds

With the Loss Of QB Kirk Cousins Could Impact the 2024 Minnesota Vikings Stats

A Year Removed From A 13-Win Season, Minnesota Looks To Defy the NFL Odds

Injuries to quarterback Kirk Cousins and receiver Justin Jefferson played a role in Minnesota missing the playoffs by two games during the 2023 season. Cousins is now with the Atlanta Falcons and questions at the quarterback position have expectations for the Vikings a bit on the low side going into the 2024 season.

Minnesota was just 3-6 outright following a loss during the 2023 season. The Vikings lost both games as a home favorite last season.

It doesn’t get much more mediocre than Minnesota going 7-7-3 against the spread in 2023. The Vikings were 5-1-1 ATS following a victory and 5-1-3 on the road. Keep that in mind when it comes to the 2024 Minnesota Vikings stats.

It has been 17 years since Minnesota missed the playoffs four times in a span of five years and that could happen again.

The Vikings will be playing with a heavy heart this season after defensive back Khyree Jackson, a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, was killed in a car accident.

Vikings logo At A Glance

Odds to WinOpening OddsCurrent Odds
Super Bowl+4000+8000
Conference+2200+3500
Division+750+900
Regular Season Win Total7.5 (o- +132, u -162)6.5 (o- -155, u- +127)
To Make PlayoffsYes +265, No -350Yes +275, No -350

Will the Vikings Get Passing Grades in 2024

All eyes will be on the quarterback position with former No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold and 2024 first-round selection J.J. McCarthy joined by Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall. Mullens and Hall were among the quarterbacks who got onto the field after the season-ending injury suffered by Cousins.

Former Green Bay running back Aaron Jones should improve the running game while Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and tight end T.J. Hockenson are the top pass catchers. How much will the departure of Cousins have an impact in the 2024 Minnesota Vikings stats?

Another key loss was edge rusher Danielle Hunter. Jonathan Greenard and Andrew Van Ginkel were signed to address the pass rush. The big name there could be rookie Dallas Turner out of Alabama, the No. 17 overall pick in April’s draft.

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Super Bowl Odds: More Questions Than Answers in Minnesota

Minnesota hasn’t been to a Super Bowl since 1976 and don’t look for that to change this season.

Since losing in the 2000 NFC Championship Game, Minnesota is 4-8 in the playoffs.

This doesn’t look like a team with a roster to make a run at the Super Bowl. Having two of the first 17 picks in the 2024 draft is a nice starting point but Minnesota could face a long road back to prominence. While there would be a nice payout for those rolling with the Vikings in the Super Bowl odds, that might not be the smartest betting option.

Conference Odds: Is the Ship Sailing on Vikings’ Title Hopes?

Two of the first four games come against San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers teams that could be top NFC contenders so it shouldn’t take very long to see where the Vikings stand in the NFC pecking order this season.

Right now, the season opener and road opener against the New York Giants is a Pick’em in NFL Week 1 so that speaks volumes about the state of affairs in Minnesota right now.

Minnesota won 13 games just two years ago. If that happens ago head coach Kevin O’Connell should get a statue built for him outside U.S. Bank Stadium.

Division Odds: Vikings Hope To Pull A Surprise or Two

It has been 11 years since Minnesota had sole possession of last place in the NFC North Division. With the Detroit Lions favored to not only win back-to-back NFC North titles but to make a run at the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance, Green Bay is likely to be a contender yet again and the Chicago Bears adding rookies Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze to what could be an explosive offense, it could happen in 2024.

The good news is that Minnesota has a bye week before Detroit comes to town on Oct. 20. Playing the Bears twice in four weeks could determine whether the Vikings can stay out of the NFC North cellar.

Regular Season Wins: Vikings Face a Difficult Opening Stretch

After playing the Giants, the next three games come against the 49ers, Texans, and Packers so if Minnesota stumbles in the season opener, an 0-4 start is quite possible.

There is a seven-game stretch when Minnesota faces Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago again, and Seattle. That could make or break the 2024 season.

It could be a risky play either way when looking at the 6.5 projected win total.

To Make Playoffs: Can Rookies Make An Impact?

Eight of the 10 losses a season ago were by seven points or less so the loss of the top quarterback and best pass rusher might not be a total deal breaker.

Nobody is expecting Minnesota to challenge San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, and Philadelphia for the best record in the NFC, but 9-8 got Green Bay into the 2023 playoffs. Minnesota could win nine games with a few breaks so perhaps the Vikings can find their way into the postseason in 2024 if rookies McCarthy and Turner are as good as advertised.

The NFL preseason schedule begins with the Vikings facing the Las Vegas Raiders on August 10.

Side Bets

Dallas Turner is the current front-runner in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award at +400. JJ McCarthy (+1400) has the fifth-shortest odds to be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. It will be worth watching their progress when projecting the 2024 Minnesota Vikings stats.

Justin Jefferson is one of the elite receivers in football and a change in quarterbacks doesn’t change that so take a look at the -115 odds for Jefferson to go over 7.5 receiving touchdowns. Jefferson is behind only San Francisco running back Christian McCaffrey and Miami receiver Tyreek Hill at +900 to be the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Jefferson (+1000) is tied for fifth to be the NFL receiving yards leader. With the bias toward quarterbacks, it might be best to look elsewhere in the NFL MVP odds.

Aaron Jones at -105 to top 5.5 rushing touchdowns and at -115 to exceed 750.5 rushing yards are worth checking out.

Fifteen coaches have shorter odds than O’Connell’s +2500 odds to be the Coach of the Year.

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