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Minnesota Vikings Next QB Odds: Will Rookie QB Jaren Hall Take Over?

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Minnesota Vikings Next QB Odds: Will Rookie QB Jaren Hall Take Over?

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Kirk Cousins was having himself a Pro Bowl-caliber season until it ended abruptly on the Lambeau Field grass Sunday afternoon.

The Minnesota Vikings QB was lost for the year after a non-contact Achilles injury. Cousins, who is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, may have played his final snap for the Vikings.

But this season is not half-over, and Minnesota, at 4-4, is certainly in the hunt for the postseason with nine games to go. Rookie fifth-round pick Jaren Hall was thrown into the fire in Green Bay on Sunday, but for a team that ranks No. 2 in the NFL in pass yards and gets star WR Justin Jefferson back from injury soon, does Minnesota want to wager its season on the untested BYU product?

Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to create his hypothetical NFL futures oddson who’s taking the snaps for the Vikings by Week 10.

Minnesota Vikings Next QB Odds

QBOddsImplied Probability
Jaren Hall+15040.0%
Ryan Tannehill+40020.0%
Trey Lance+65013.3%
Mac Jones+90010.0%
Jameis Winston+12007.7%
Jacoby Brissett+14006.7%
Andy Dalton+15006.3%
Carson Wentz+17505.4%
The Field+85010.5%

Odds are for entertainment purposes only and do not reflect odds that may be available on legal betting apps.

Jaren Hall hadn’t thrown a regular-season pass until getting inserted into the second half of Minnesota’s 24-10 win over Green Bay in Week 8. He completed 3-of-4 passes for 23 yards.

Hall had two seasons of starting experience with the Cougars in college, accounting for 61 TDs to just 11 INTs. He also rushed for 657 yards and six scores in two years.&

There’s something to work with in Hall. Fellow backup Nick Mullens is on IR and eligible to return in Week 10 but isn’t likely a strong candidate after missing so much time. Journeyman Sean Mannion, 31, is likely to get called up from the practice squad.

He’s the clear favorite to be starting for Minnesota in two weeks because he’s already on the roster and entrenched in the playbook. But head coach Kevin O’Connell and the team are likely to look at every available option, especially with Jefferson set to return to catch passes from whoever’s throwing them in Week 10.

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Ryan Tannehill makes a lot of sense from a lot of angles. He was having a miserable season in Tennessee (2 TDs, 6 INTs) before a high-ankle sprain shelved him. Rookie Will Levis came to the rescue, tossing four TDs in a big win over the Falcons in Week 8. Tannehill, 35, is expected to miss one more game but could be ready for the Vikings by Week 10.

There may not be a better, veteran option than Tannehill, who’s thrown 100 more TDs than INTs over his career. His contract expires at the end of the season, so Tannehill presents an opportunity to go for it now and not pay for it later.

Mac Jones and Bill Belichick clearly aren’t seeing eye-to-eye in New England. The third-year pro leads the league in INTs and has the Patriots at 2-6. A fresh start for both sides could make sense, and if it works out, provides an affordable option for next year and 2025.

Trey Lance didn’t get a great opportunity in San Francisco due to the success of Jimmy Garoppolo followed by the emergence of Brock Purdy. He was traded for peanuts to the Dallas Cowboys, where he grows mold as the No. 3 QB. The Cowboys can flip this pick for more than they got for him, a move that could make sense for both sides.

The Vikings’ scouts believed enough in Trey when he was a blue-chip 2021 NFL Draft prospect, that they looked into acquiring him this off-season.

Veterans Andy Dalton (Carolina) and Jameis Winston (New Orleans) are valued by their current teams, but could be available as well. Dalton is a mentor of sorts for No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young. Winston is injury insurance for Derek Carr; he played extensively in one game but hasn’t started yet. Winston, who is a free agent next year and is a modest 29 years of age, could be the more sought-after choice by the Vikings.

Jacoby Brissett (Commanders) fits into the same category as Dalton. Brissett was brought on to be a backup for Sam Howell in case things didn’t work out with the second-year pro. It appears to be working out. Brissett wants an opportunity; it could be more likely to come in the Twin Cities.

Carson Wentz has been itching to get back into the NFL after no takers brought him on this off-season. He’s been highly erratic in his seven NFL seasons, but a penchant to look for the big play could be enticing for Jefferson.

The Field is led by free agents Case Keenum and Joe Flacco, and Buccaneers practice squad QB John Wolford, who played for two seasons under O’Connell with the Rams.

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.