The New Orleans Saints will take on the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday at 4:40 pm ET for a Vegas odds Divisional Round matchup. These teams met once in the regular NFL betting season and the Vikings came out on top (29-19) earning crucial NFL stats for handicappers.
The Vegas odds under dog Saints are coming off a victory against the Carolina Panthers. The Saints kept the Panthers to field goal scoring while they racked up the touchdowns. QB Drew Brees threw 33 completions for 376 yards. When Carolina set up to stop RB Ingram and Kamara, Brees relied on Ginn and Thomas for a successfull 3 consective touchdown drive. The Panthers were held to 4 field goals before scoring a touchdown. The Saints offense is ranked 2nd in the league with a 5th place spot for passing and rushing. New Orleans defense is currently 17th. The NFL betting stats clearly show the Saints offense has a lot of available options for moving the ball down the field. The rushing game has Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara who collectively have 1,852 yards and 20 touchdowns. The receiving game is plagued with the talents of Michael Thomas with 1,245 yards and 5 touchdowns, Alvin Kamara with 826 yards and 5 touchdowns and Ted Ginn with 787 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Vegas odds makers favorite is the Minnesota Vikings at -4(-105) and the road dogs as the New Orleans Saints at +4(-115). The game total is listed at 45 1/2(-110) for the over/under bettor.
The Minnesota Vikings used their bye time studying the Pittsburgh Steelers' NFL stats. Minnesota has one of the best defenses in the league. The defense is packed with big and fast athletes. QB Case Keenum has 22 touchdowns and 3,547 passing yards this NFL betting season with a passer rating of 98.3. Keenum also rushed for 160 yards. The Vikings rushing is led by Latavius Murray with 842 yards and 8 touchdowns and he is backed up by Jerick McKinnon with 570 and 3 touchdowns. Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph have 16 touchdowns and a total of 1,381 receiving yards but leading the receivers is Adam Thielen with 1,276 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Since week 1, the Saints traded Adrian Peterson and signed Alvin Kamara to rush with Mark Ingram. A duo that has each surpassed 1,500 total yards from the line of scrimmage. The defense has become a melting pot of talent and quickness. The Vikings (-190) man under center has changed with Sam Bradford out, then RB Dalvin Cook injured and on injured reserve in week 4. Case Keenum took the center position and has not looked back ending the season at 13-3 with a first-round bye in the playoffs. McKinnon and Murray took over in Cook's absence and have rushed for 1,412 yards and have 524 receiving yards. So forget what you saw in week 1 this is a whole new game according to the regular season NFL stats.