Vikings' playoff odds take devastating hit following Kirk Cousins' injury

The Minnesota Vikings are now facing an uphill battle to make the playoffs this season.
Oct 15, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) takes the field
Oct 15, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) takes the field / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest news coming out of Week 8 of the NFL season was the devastating injury suffered by Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins. Reports indicate he has torn his Achilles, which will put him out for the rest of the season.

The Vikings got off to a rough start to their season, but they've gone 4-1 in their last five games and now currently sit in the final wild card spot in the NFC. Their odds to make the playoffs were set at a long price when they were 1-4, but those odds have gotten better and better over the past three weeks.

Unfortunately, with the news of Cousins' injury, their odds to make the playoffs are back to where they were when they were 1-4, despite currently sitting a playoff spot.

Vikings Playoff Odds

  • Yes +230
  • No -290

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At +230, a $100 bet on the Vikings to make the playoffs would win you $230 profit if they're able to hold on to a postseason berth. +230 odds also translates to a 30.3% chance of making the playoffs.

As of right now, Jaren Hall will take over the starting quarterback role. The rookie out of BYU was selected in the fifth round with the 164th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft. He completed 3-of-4 passes for 23 yards in relief of Cousins this past Sunday.

In Week 9, Hall and the Vikings will face the Falcons.

There is also the potential the Vikings will shop for a quarterback before the October 31st trade deadline. They also have the option of a signing a free agent. Adam Patrick breaks down seven options for the Vikings at the quarterback position moving forward.

Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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