NFL gambling on the Vikings has been more unpredictable than ever thanks in large part to their quarterbacking situation, which was a major factor against the NFL lines in 2008. The Vikings began the 2008 NFL gambling season with Tarvaris Jackson as the starting quarterback.
Jackson was totally ineffective in his first 2 starts, however, as the Vikings lost both games straight up and against the NFL lines. Jackson threw for only 308 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception and had quarterback ratings of 73.3 and 59.0. After serious media and fan uproar he was benched in favor of Gus Frerotte.
The Vikings went 8-3 with Frerotte over center but he was very erratic during that NFL gambling stretch as he threw 12 touchdown passes but 15 interceptions and had a mediocre 73.7 quarterback rating. Strangely enough the Vikings got the cash in just 4 games against the NFL gambling spread with Frerotte in control.
It was defense that kept Minnesota alive for the NFL gambling post season. Jackson returned to the lineup for the stretch run beginning with a game against the hapless Detroit Lions.
He was much more effective and had a quarterback rating of 143.8 in the 20-16 win at Detroit as Minnesota again failed to cover the NFL gambling line as a 10.5 point chalk. The following week at Arizona the Vikings again won with Jackson in control as they beat the Cardinals 35-14 as 4 point NFL gambling road dogs.
Jackson had 4 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 135.5. In week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons Jackson was not bad with a 98.5 quarterback rating and 2 touchdown passes with 0 interceptions in a 17-24 Viking loss as 3.5 home chalks.
In a must win regular season finale against the Giants the Vikings were 7 point NFL gambling home favorites and Jackson led them to a 20-19 victory with a decent performance of 1 touchdown pass, 1 interception, and a quarterback rating of 88.5.
In the playoffs at home against Philadelphia, however, Jackson went back to his early season form with a horrible 45.4 quarterback rating as the Vikings were eliminated 14-26. The up and down play at quarterback is why Minnesota is talking to Brett Favre.
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