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Vikings move out of the ‘low-rent district,’ at least in Vegas odds for Super Bowl 51

By Andrew Krammer

The Vikings aren’t residing in the ‘low-rent district’ anymore, at least not in Las Vegas.

Sitting at halftime of the regular season with a 6-2 record, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said his team hadn’t yet proved they belonged in the conversation of the NFL’s top tier: “We’ve still got a long, long way to go before anybody tells us anything. We’re still kind of the guys in the low-rent district, we’ve just got to keep fighting.” That was before they claimed the first NFC North title in six years and came within a 27-yard field goal of defeating the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. Now, following an 11-win campaign, the Vikings are on the edge of a top-10 contender for Super Bowl 51, according to a couple oddsmakers.

A year after being given a 60-1 shot, paired with the struggling NFL fields of Cleveland, Buffalo, St. Louis and Miami, the Vikings’ chances have more than doubled. They have the 11th-best odds to win next year’s Super Bowl at 25-1, according to ESPN’s RJ Bell. They’re a surer bet at WestGate Superbook, where the Vikings have the 10th-best odds at 20-1. Topping WestGate’s list at 8-1 odds are New England, Seattle and Pittsburgh. Both oddsmakers still look more favorably on the Green Bay Packers than the Vikings.

Super Bowl 51 favs:
NE 9/1
Car 10/1
Sea 11/1
GB, Pit 12/1
Ari, Cin, Ind 15/1
Den 18/1
Dal 24/1
KC, Min 25/1
Phi 35/1
Bal 38/1
NYG, NYJ 42/1

— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) February 8, 2016

The post Vikings move out of the ‘low-rent district,’ at least in Vegas odds for Super Bowl 51 appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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