Saints Vs. Vikings – Sunday Night Football Betting Odds | Predictions
The New Orleans Saints did not sleep well all offseason, thinking of what could their 2017 playoffs run have been if the ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ hadn’t happened. They have Vikings’ Stefon Diggs and a critical miss tackle to thank for that. But now they have a chance for redemption when they visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. The stakes are not as high as they were in January, but still, the game is essential for the NFC seeding.
The oddsmakers at Sportbetting.ag opened the betting line with the Vikings as 1-point favorites for this game. Early in the week, bettors could have found Minnesota as 2.5-point favorites. For those backing the Saints, it would have been a sweet deal. Right now the line is currently at PK, and I don’t think it will move at all before the start of the game. The total is at 52 points after it opened at 53 points. Our odds below are from SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook. Deposit today for a 50% Welcome Bonus up to $1000.
New Orleans Saints Vs. Minnesota Vikings Predictions
Spread: PK -7.5
Money line: N/A
Game Total: 52
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
What’s the latest Saints betting form to face the Vikings?
Since surprisingly losing in the first game of the season, the New Orleans Saints will aim to win their sixth game in a row. For them is not only about the top of the NFC South division, but the top of the entire conference. The Saints are one game behind the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC standings but will have a shot at them next week. Before thinking about the Rams, they need to deal with a good Vikings team. New Orleans beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23 last week with a little spark of luck. The Saints saw how the best kicker in the NFL, Justin Tucker, inexplicably failed the extra point at the end of the game. They covered the spread as 2.5-point underdogs and registered their fourth straight game delivering money to those who backed them.
The Saints balanced attack is the one who has led them to win the last five in a row. New Orleans leans more to a vertical passing attack under QB Drew Brees but doesn’t forget how to run the football. They have the 6th best passing offense in the NFL, alongside the 16th best rushing unit. Brees is having an MVP type of season tossing up 1870 yards, 13 touchdowns without a single interception after seven games. He’s the only starter remaining in the NFL who hasn’t thrown a pick in the season. His 121.6 passer rating leads the league after seven weeks.
Minnesota’s defense will have their hands full trying to contain Brees. As a unit, they rank 17th in total defense, and they have been disappointing, considering how talented they are. Stopping tailback Alvin Kamara is another challenge. The second-year running back can do it all coming out of the backfield. However, since the return of RB Mark Ingram, his production has taken a big hit. Last week against Baltimore, he recorded only 64 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also had the fewest number of catches of the season with just two for 11 yards. The Saints have won four of their last five games on the road. They are also 4-2 straight up against the Vikings.
What’s the latest Vikings betting form to face the Saints?
Unlike the Saints, the Vikings already lost twice and tied another game this season. They can’t afford to lose another contest against an NFC contender if they want to be in one of two top seed in the National Conference. Last week, they recorded their third straight win by hammering the Jets 37-17 in NY. The Vikings covered the spread in two of those last 3 wins. They had a push as a 10-point favorite in their 27-17 win over the Cardinals.
Minnesota signed QB Kirk Cousins during the offseason precisely for games like this one. Cousins has thrown for 2162 yards, 14 touchdowns, and only three interceptions this season. If Drew Brees goes off on Sunday, the Vikings will be comfortable knowing they have a good enough quarterback to punch back. Last season with Case Keenum under center that was not the case. Of course, Cousins will be looking for wide out Adam Thielen, who leads the NFL with 822 receiving yards after seven games. He will be trying to tie the Calvin Johnson’s record of eight straight games with 100-receiving yards.
Knowing that the Thielen will be undoubtedly busy during the entire game, it might open a chance for WR Stefon Diggs to have a night. Diggs had seven catches for 93 yards and two scores in their divisional playoffs win against the Saints last season; including that crazy winning touchdown at the end. Minnesota has won seven of their last eight home games against New Orleans. The total has gone OVER in seven of Minnesota’s last eight games when playing at home against Saints. We should get a shootout if the trend continues.
The play for the SNF game between Saints and Vikings?
These two squads are arguably two of the best three in the NFC in 2018. The Vikings started the season slowly, but three wins in a row give them enough confidence entering this Sunday Night meeting. New Orleans looks great having six wins in a row, but they had to come from 17-0 the last time they visited Bank Stadium. The difference this time is they are not facing Case Keenum.
QB Kirk Cousins is clearly an upgrade in the position, and that’s why the Vikings threw so much money on him in the offseason. Listed as a pick’em, it is only about picking the winner of the game. I feel comfortable with the home team winning this one in a close battle. I can’t see the Saints going undefeated on the road, and this is the place where they lose their first away game of the season. Pick the Vikings at home.