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Bridgewater’s injury, which was revealed to be a torn ACL and dislocated knee, sent ripples through the sports betting industry. Minnesota was a 3.5-point road favorite visiting the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 of the NFL season.
The line on that game was pulled from the board after news of the injury spread, and some books in Las Vegas and online have re-opened betting with the game any where from a pick’em to the Vikings as 1.5-point underdogs. The total also took a tumble, moving from 42.5 points to 41.
Before details of the injury were made public, and Bridgewater was ruled out for the entire season, many sportsbooks believed the original number of Minnesota -3.5 would flip if the Vikings’ third-year passer was sidelined.
“If Shaun Hill is their starter in Week 1, the current line of Vikings -3 will likely flop to +3, as the 36-year-old quarterback just hasn’t had the reps in the last year,” a lines manager from GTBets told Covers about Minnesota’s Week 1 line.
As for Minnesota’s futures odds, without Bridgewater under center, the Vikes dropped from 18/1 to win the Super Bowl to 30/1, and fell from 8/1 to win the NFC to 12/1. Minnesota’s season win total was 9.5 before Bridgewater’s injury. The Vikings are now pegged with a win total of eight wins (Over +115, Under -145).
Bridgewater passed for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2015, adding 192 yards and three touchdowns rushing. He helped lead the Vikings to the NFL playoffs, losing a heartbreaker to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wildcard Round.