After an offseason of complete upheaval, it should be no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings kick off Week 1 of the NFL season as underdogs to the San Diego Chargers. Their +9.5 line is tied for the widest margin of the opening week.
Led by returning All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson and free agent signee Donovan McNabb, the Vikings look to bounce back after a disappointing 6-10 season. Yet with star wide receiver Sydney Rice moved on to (slightly) greener pastures, and rookie quarterback Christian Ponder waiting in the wings, it's safe to say that hopes aren't high in Minnesota.
The same cannot be said about the Chargers. After a frustrating 2010 campaign that saw the team fail to win the AFC West for the first time since 2005, San Diego appears focused and ready to start the season off on the right track. Led by Pro Bowl quarterback Phillips Rivers, and last year's number one offense and defense, the Bolts have been tabbed by numerous pundits as the prohibitive favorites to come out of the AFC.
As a result of San Diego's offensive excellence, oddsmakers have placed the over/under for this contest at a relatively high 41.5 points, with a -110 line either way.
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