Minnesota Vikings Vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Playoffs Betting Picks And Odds
The last time the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints met in a playoff game, all hell broke loose when the Minneapolis Miracle came to life. Drew Brees and the Saints still think about that loss.
They will have an excellent chance for redemption in the 2019-2020 NFL playoffs wildcard round. Let’s break it down.
What The NFL Odds Say About The Vikings Vs. Saints Matchup
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When the betting line dropped, the Saints were -7.5, but now we get New Orleans -8.5 at home. There are still a few sportsbooks with the home team listed -7.5, but that is the best you can get right now.
53% of the betting public is expecting the Saints to cover the biggest spread of the weekend.
The Minnesota Vikings’ Edge Vs. The Saints
The Vikings didn’t close out the regular season showing their best form. They lost three of their last five games, and two of those contests were against playoffs teams.
The great news for Minnesota is RB Dalvin Cook is ready to make a comeback after three resting his shoulder. The Vikings’ offense missed Cook in the last stretch of the season, and it was pretty obvious.
Before the injury, Cook had 1135 yards in 250 carries with 13 touchdowns. Minnesota failed to run 100-rushing yards against Green Bay in the Monday night showdown during week 16.
The Vikings Offense
When the Vikings establish the run, they can implement their play-action offense. Minnesota averages 133.3 rushing yards per game this season, and it has benefited QB Kirk Cousins. When they don’t run the football, Cousins looks like a below-average quarterback.
Kirk Cousins finished the season with 3603 yards, 26 touchdowns, and just six interceptions, however, he failed to lead his team to any impressive wins.
The Vikings beat the Cowboys, but that looks less impressive now. They lost to the Packers twice and once against the Seahawks.
On defense, keep an eye on LB Eric Kendricks. He suffered a quadriceps injury against the Packers. His presence will give the Vikings a shot at beating the Saints. His absent could doom them.
The New Orleans Saints’ Edge Vs. The Vikings
How often do you get to see a 13-3 team playing in the wildcard round? It tells you the NFC is stacked with good teams.
New Orleans might be one of the best, and that’s why they come out as such a big favorite against Minnesota.
Since the return of Drew Brees, the Saints went 7-2 in the last nine games of the season. Their offense has been clicking in the last four games, averaging 40.0 points per game in those contests.
It’s not only about the insane form Brees have shown since he came back from a thumb injury, but also about the unstoppable form of WR Michael Thomas.
Wideouts don’t really get consideration for the MVP award, but Thomas deserves to be at least in the conversation.
Michael Thomas Broke A Record
Michael Thomas broke the NFL record of most catches in a season with 149, and his 1725 receiving yards led the NFL in 2019. In fact, the next best was Julio Jones, with 331 fewer yards.
The Saints feel like they have gotten back one of the best players after seeing what RB Alvin Kamara has done in the last two weeks.
Kamara scored only five rushing touchdowns this year, but four of them came in the last two games of the regular season.
Defense wise, the team will miss Sheldon Rankins and Marcus Davenport, two critical members of the defensive line. Yet, they claimed CB Janoris Jenkins, and he comes as a great deal of help for Eli Apple and Marshon Lattimore
Minnesota Vikings At New Orleans Saints NFL Wildcard Round Prediction
The one big question about the Vikings comes in big games. Can they deliver? Is it fair to ask these questions? Sure, it is. Their QB Kirk Cousins is 0-9 during Monday Night Football games, including two losses this season.
I get that this game won’t be on a Monday, but the entire nation will be watching. The stage is similar, and that’s where he hasn’t proved us he can deliver.
New Orleans is a Super Bowl contender. They have no business of being in the wildcard round, but since they are here, I don’t think they will have any trouble handling Minnesota.
The Saints Offense And Drew Brees
The Saints offense is clicking, and we can’t say the same about the Vikings. Drew Brees is a Hall of Fame Quarterback used to these types of games. We can’t say the same about Kirk Cousins.
However, here’s the tricky part. The betting line is too big to lay down -8.5-points during a playoff contest. Just two weeks ago, we were wondering if Minnesota could win the NFC North.
They are not a bad team at all. Sure, they are limited, but the return of Dalvin Cook should free up their offensive efforts. I expect the Saints to dominate and win, but I see the Vikings being the winning play on a backdoor cover. Bet Vikings +8.5.
Vikings Vs. Saints Game Information
- Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
- Game Time: 1:05 PM ET
- Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
- TV: FOX
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