NFL Betting News - Vikings McKinnie Suspended 4 Games

August 29, 2008 - Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has been suspended for the first 4 games of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. McKinnie was arrested on 4 charges stemming from a brawl outside of a nightclub in Miami in February. McKinnie will forfeit $764,706 of his base salary of $3.25M. The suspension will end Bryant McKinnie's streak of starting 89 straight games. He will not be able to practice or attend team meetings during the suspension.

7 year veteran Artis Hicks is expected to take McKinnie's spot. Hicks will have a tough task as he will face some of the legs top defensive end's in the first four games which includes the Packers' Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, the Colt' Dwight Freeney, the Titans' Kyle Vanden Bosch and the Panthers' Julius Peppers. Expectations have been high for the Vikings in the preseason as they have a talented roster that is only lacking an experienced quarterback. Hicks will be protecting QB Tarvaris Jackson's blind side.

NFL Odds Minnesota Vikings Regular Season Wins

Over 9 Regular Season Wins -120
Under 9 Regular Season Wins -120

Internet Sportsbook have the Minnesota Vikings odds for Regular Season wins Over 9 at -120 meaning that for every $120 bet will payout $100. The preseason betting has been even as Minnesota has a tough schedule and questions remain about Tarvaris Jackson's QB ability.

NFL Odds to win NFC North

Minnesota Vikings +150
Green Bay Packers +190
Chicago Bears +325
Detroit Lions +650

The Minnesota Vikings odds have the best NFL Future bet odds of winning the NFC North at +150 odds meaning that for every $100 bet will payout $150.

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