When it comes to regular-season play, the Minnesota Vikings own the Jacksonville Jaguars. Minnesota has won four in a row from Jacksonville and is 5-1 all-time against the Jaguars. Only one of Minnesota's five wins has been decided by less than a touchdown. Minnesota's average margin of victory in those five wins is 16.2 points. Jacksonville's one glimmer of hope is that the lone win they've posted in the series was a 33-3 victory at Minnesota, where the Jaguars are 1-2 all-time.
Holding on to the football has proven to be a real issue for the Jaguars in games against the Vikings. Jacksonville has committed a total of 12 turnovers in the last five games against Minnesota. They turned it over five times in a 30-12 loss in 2008 and coughed it up on four occasions during a 50-10 drubbing handed them by the Vikings in 1998. But they didn't turn the ball over at all in their last game against Minnesota and still lost 25-16.
One Step Further - Both the Vikings finished up one win shy of the destination last season when they lost in their respective conference championship games. Jacksonville squandered a fourth-quarter lead and fell 24-20 to the New England Patriots, while the Vikings were never really in the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and were humbled 38-7 by the Eagles. Both teams suffered their setbacks on the road.
The Jaguars, along with the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, are the four NFL teams that have never played in a Super Bowl. The Vikings have played in a quartet of Super Bowl games, but lost every one of them. But what are the chances of the Jaguars and Vikings taking that next step? Bovada offers a mixed viewpoint on this subject. The Vikings are the co-fourth choice in Bovada's Super Bowl LIII future book at +1100. But the Jags are much further down the list at odds of +2200.
MyBookie lists the possibility of a Jaguars-Vkings matchup in Super Bowl LIII at +6000. They have the Jaguars at +1600 to win the Super Bowl, while placing the Vikings at odds of +1000.
Long Division - The Jaguars and Vikings were also both champions of their respective divisions in 2017, but Bovada isn't as sold on the chances of there being repeat performances in either instance in this case. The Jaguars are the second choice to win the AFC South title at +185, behind the Texans at +170. The Texans and Jaguars are both given +800 odds of winning the AFC Championship. The Vikings are listed as the favorite to win the NFC North at +115, but at +650, are the fourth choice to win the NFC Championship.
Passing Fancies - What are the chances of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles leading the NFL in passing yardage this season? MyBookie pegs that possibility at +8000, the same odds as are assigned Cleveland Browns rookie Baker Mayfield, so therefore, you'd have to say the chances are not good. New Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is in a gaggle of signal callers listed as +1200, a group that includes Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions and Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Cooking With Gas - Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is listed by MyBookie at +1200 to lead the NFL in rushing yardage in 2018, putting him at seventh overall on the list of contenders. Among those who are ahead of Cook on this list is Jacksonville back Leonard Fournette. After rushing for 1040 yards as a rookie last season, including nine touchdowns, Fournette is slotted in at +750, the same number as Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams, making them the co-fourth choices in the betting.
Catching On - Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is given odds of +1500 to top all NFL pass catchers in receiving yardage in 2018, putting him in as the co-seventh choice. Thielen accumulated 1276 yards in receptions last season. Teammate Stefon Diggs is also available at longer odds of +4000. You won't find odds available on a single Jaguars receiver, which may explain why the speculation on Bortles leading the league in passing yardage is so high.
But It's Cousins - The move of free-agent QB Cousins from the Washington Redskins to the Vikings was the most talked-about off-season switch in the NFL. The Vikings jettisoned all three of their QBs from last season - Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford - to clear a path for Cousins. But that evidently didn't impress Bovada. They put Cousins well down the list in their NFL MVP future book at +2200, although those are the same odds they assigned to Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP.
Bortles sits at +6600, which are long odds for a fellow who came within a win over taking his team to the Super Bowl a year ago. Then again, those are better odds than Bovada gave to Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (+7500), who actually once led his team to a Super Bowl triumph. Vikings running back Cook is also behind Bortles at +12500 but that makes sense. Only one running back has been NFL MVP in the past 12 years, although that running back was Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in 2012.
Yes Or No - BetOnline is offering a number of NFL player performance season prop bets. For example, the total receiving yards for Thielen is set at 1100. Whether you play the over or the under, you'll get odds of -115. There's also a prop bet on Thielen's touchdowns, with the bar set at 5.5. Again, whether you go for the over or the under, the odds are established at -115. Thielen finished the 2017 season with 1246 reeiving yards and four TDs.
The bar on rushing yardage for Cook is set at 1100 yards. If you play the over, you'll get odds of -105, while the under is set at -125. There's also a prop bet on offer on how many times Cook with rush for a touchdown this season, and that number is established at 8.5. The under is worth -125 and the over is tagged at -105. Cook ran for 354 yards and two touchdowns in 2017, his rookie season in the NFL.
The total on rushing yards for Fournette in 2018 is established at 1150, Go over or under on this wager and you will get odds of -115. BetOnline also offers a rushing TD prop bet on Fournette, setting a total of 10.5. Go with the over at odds of -105, or take the under and get odds of -125. Fournette ran for 1040 yards as a rookie in 2017, rushing for nine TDs.