Vikings vs. Saints Point Spread: NFL Wild-Card Playoff Predictions, Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 31, 2019

Drew Brees, Saints, 2019

With Saints QB Drew Brees soon to turn 41 years old, this could be his last best shot to add a second Super Bowl ring to a Hall of Fame career.

Minnesota
10-6
AT
January 05, 2020, 1:05 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Pointspread +7 -100
Moneyline +286
Over / Under o +50.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

Pointspread -7 -115
Moneyline -349
Over / Under u +50.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

Easily the biggest Sports Interaction spread among the four Wild-Card NFL playoff games this weekend is Sunday’s opener between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints from the Big Easy.

NFL Wild-Card Playoff Predictions and Betting Odds

Has any team ever had such gut-wrenching playoff losses in back-to-back seasons as the New Orleans Saints? Following the 2017 campaign, New Orleans looked like it was going to upset the Vikings in Minneapolis in the Divisional Round with a 24-23 lead and just a few seconds left. However, then the “Minneapolis Miracle” happened with Stefon Diggs catching a 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum as time expired.

In last season’s NFC title game in New Orleans, the officials missed a blatant defensive pass interference call late in the fourth quarter on the Los Angeles Rams. If that’s called as it definitely should have been, the Saints almost surely are winning that game. They would end up losing in overtime; the NFL was so embarrassed that it now allows challenges by coaches on pass interference penalties or the lack of one being called.

With Saints QB Drew Brees soon to turn 41 years old, his window to add a second career Super Bowl ring could be about to shut and this might be the last best shot for the NFL’s all-time passing leader. New Orleans is +550 to win the Super Bowl. Minnesota is +3300; it hasn’t reached since following the 1976 season.

These teams last played in the 2018 regular season with New Orleans winning 30-20 at Minnesota. Brees threw for only 120 yards. Alvin Kamara caught a TD pass and rushed for a score. Kirk Cousins threw for 359 and two scores with a pick for the Vikings.

The favourite is 5-1 against the spread in the past six meetings.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota was locked into the NFC’s No. 6 seed entering Week 17 so Coach Mike Zimmer rested most of his starters in a 21-19 home loss to Chicago. Eddy Pineiro hit the winning 22-yard field goal in the final seconds. Sean Mannion started under centre for Minnesota and threw for just 126 yards with two picks.

With top running back Dalvin Cook sitting, Mike Boone rushed for 148 yards and a TD. Cook hasn’t played since Week 15 due to a shoulder injury but is expected to in this one. He had a breakout season in rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 TDs in 14 games.

The last time Minnesota won a road playoff game was 2004. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Saints counterpart Sean Payton worked together as assistants with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05. Cousins is 0-1 in his post-season career with that start coming in 2015 with Washington. The Vikings are 2-6 ATS in their past eight as underdogs.

New Orleans Saints

Last year, New Orleans finished 13-3, was the NFC South champion and the conference’s top seed. The Saints finished 13-3 this year and were NFC South champions again yet are playing on Wild-Card Weekend as the No. 3 seed. The Saints had a shot at a first-round bye with a win in Week 17 and some help so they played all their healthy starters in a 42-10 blowout at Carolina.

In perhaps his final regular-season game, Brees threw for three scores. He led the NFL in completion per centage this season at 74.3, which was 0.1 percent shy matching of Brees’ own league record from 2018. Michael Thomas had an MVP-calibre season with a single-season record of 149 catches along with 1,725 yards and nine scores.

New Orleans is banged up on defence, with linemen Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve and a few cornerbacks dealing with injuries. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their past five as favourites.

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