NFC Divisional Round Betting Lines & Preview: Saints vs. Vikings

Posted by Derrick Harper on January 12, 2018 in

On Sunday – the final game of the divisional round of playoffs in the National Football League – the New Orleans Saints are on the road at the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints went 11-5 on the season but won the NFC South due to their head to head wins over Carolina. The fourth-seeded Saints, and Divisional Round Betting Lines underdog, downed Carolina for the third time this season during the wildcard weekend.

The Minnesota Vikings are coming into the game fresh off a bye of last week. The Vikings ran away with the NFC North, 4 games ahead of the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings are at home, where they went 7-1 during the regular season. The Minnesota Vikings are -5 over the New Orleans Saints in this game on Sunday.

NFC Divisional Round Betting Lines & Preview: New Orleans at Minnesota

  • When: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:40 PM ET
  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: 105.3 FM (New Orleans) / 100.3 FM (Minnesota)
  • Streaming Option: NFL Live
  • Divisional Round Betting Lines: Minnesota Vikings -4 (Over/Under at 45.5 points)

Weather Forecast

  • Snow Showers: -11°C/13°F
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Precipitation: 72%
  • Cloud Cover: 99%
  • Wind: 10 mph S
  • Stadium Type: Indoor

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Series History

  • Total Meetings: 32
  • First Meeting: 10/13/1968 (Minnesota Vikings 17 – New Orleans Saints 20)
  • Last Meeting: 09/11/2017 (New Orleans Saints 19 – Minnesota Vikings 29)
  • All-Time Series: Minnesota Vikings lead series 21-11-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Minnesota Vikings by 42 points
  • Longest Win Streak: Minnesota Vikings winning 6
  • Current Win Streak: Minnesota Vikings winning 1

Why Bet on the Minnesota Vikings?

The Minnesota Vikings were an extremely steady team during the regular season. The Vikings three losses came on the road at the Steelers, at home to the Lions and recently in Week 14 to the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings downed New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 1, 29-19.

Case Keenum continues to put up the numbers. He has found Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilan as his go-to targets. Despite not playing early in the season, Keenum still finished with just shy of 3,600 yards and 22 touchdowns. Thielen wrapped up a regular season that saw him with nearly 1,300 receiving yards.

Why Bet on the New Orleans Saints?

Drew Brees and Sean Payton appear to be possibly heading out with a fight. It’s the final year on both of their contracts, and their status for next season is unknown. Some have said if Brees wins a Super Bowl, he will retire. The Saints defense is what led them to a resurgence this season. They allowed 20.4 points per game, which finished at 10th in the league.

The Saints come in as the underdog at the NFC Divisional Round Betting Lines.

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were huge difference makers for the offense. Lightning and Thunder finished as the top running back duo in the league. New Orleans saw Ingram with 1,124 rushing yards, while Kamara was a pass catcher out of the backfield. The Saints averaged just shy of 400 yards per game offensively.

Latest Divisional Round Betting Trends

  • New Orleans is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota
  • New Orleans is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
  • Minnesota is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Minnesota is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games

Expert Pick and Prediction

It seems like the Minnesota Vikings are a team of destiny that are going to stay at home for the entire postseason. But, we are thinking a little differently. The best division in football this season was the NFC South. The Falcons, the Saints, the Panthers and Tampa Bay. While the Buccaneers struggled – the rest was really good.

We have the NFC title game as an all NFC South battle. The Falcons win on the road at Philadelphia and the Saints win in Minnesota. Too much Drew Brees in this game, and the Saints get revenge from Week 1. Bet on the New Orleans Saints NFC Divisional Round Betting Lines at +5 over the Minnesota Vikings.