Forget what you hear from your buddy Ed, whose clouded judgment is evidenced by the Cordarrelle Patterson chest tattoo he got on Draft Night 2013.
And forget what you hear from the pundits at ESPN, who must fill the off-season with so much yammering while so little happens that they spend their evenings punching themselves in the face and dreaming of careers in real estate.
The guys who matter say the Vikings are going to be really good this year. Like 12-4 good.
So predicts CG Technology, a Vegas gaming firm and sports book operator. It isn't swayed by the passion of Ed or the ratings of ESPN. It's owned by investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, meaning its heart is as frigid as a coal magnate's. All it cares about is who collects at the end of the day. And when it comes to wins, CG is betting the Vikes will collect in most gluttonous fashion.
Its early lines for the 2016 season have the Vikings favored in 12 games. Throw in a pick 'em at home against Green Bay, and a Jan. 1 game against Chicago that has yet to be called, and the Defenders of Nordic Virtue could conceivably go 14-2.
CG is only predicting losses to Carolina and Green Bay away on Christmas Eve.
Remiss we'd be to not note that the opener is still three months off, which leaves ample time for glory to flutter and plummet like a Christian Ponder deep ball.
Remiss we'd also be in not noting that CG isn't betting the Vikes will be an unstoppable force. The highest spread comes in at 6 1/2 for a home game against Detroit, and many hover within a field goal of victory.
But seeing as how fans not long ago suffered through the Period of Unrelenting Darkness wrought by Mr. Ponder, good tidings are always welcome.