Free NFL Divisional Playoffs Expert Picks – Saints vs Vikings Predictions
Aside from Atlanta-Philadelphia, this game projects to be the closest. The total is also the second-highest of the weekend at 46.5 points. The Saints met the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium back in Week 1 and were beaten easily by Minnesota. My NFL playoff football expert pick is below and odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free Saints vs Vikings prediction picks instead of paying for them.
New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction
The Saints won a 31-26 shootout against the visiting Panthers on Wild Card weekend. New Orleans had little trouble scoring, but gave up plenty offense, particularly in the second half to Cam Newton and the Panthers. The Saints will have to overcome another offensive line injury after last week’s victory. Guard Andrus Peat suffered a broken fibula and high-ankle sprain in last week’s win. Senio Kelemete will take his spot at left guard.
The Vikings have been downright dominant this season. They finished the year with a 13-3 record after defeating the Bears to end the season. They’re the top seed in the NFC and had a 1st round bye last week. The Vikings will get back center Pat Elflein. Tight end, Kyle Rudolph, will also play this week but has shown up on the injury report with an ankle issue. Overall, Minnesota is one of the healthiest teams in the postseason.
Betting Action – Odds On The Vikings
Bettors have put their early money down on the Saints, but the line has not moved in their favor. In fact, it’s gone the other way. Minnesota opened at -3.5 and has now swelled to -5 at most sportsbooks. The total has seen a significant move after opening at 44.5 It’s currently at 46.5 at most betting sites.
New Orleans Saints +5 (-108) at Minnesota Vikings -5 (-112)
It appears that Minnesota is still underrated. The bookies and market clearly respect them based on the line move, but it still feels like most people aren’t taking this team seriously enough. Heck, they’re certainly the favorites to come out of the NFC, by a large margin. Is it Case Keenum’s journeyman career or the lack of any megastars on the Vikings? I’m not sure, but this team is deserving of their spot and are rightfully favored by more than a field goal in this one. Brees will not be able to move the ball like he did last week against Carolina’s unit.
The Saints also have several injuries. They have lost defensive starters all year long, on what is still an improved unit, but as we saw last week, they can spring plenty of leaks. Their offensive line is also beaten up. Lay the points with the home team.
Pick: Vikings -5