Vikings vs. Saints Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 08, 2019

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The Vikings will start their preseason on the road Friday night when they face the Saints in New Orleans.

Minnesota
10-6
AT
August 09, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
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Pointspread +3 -114
Moneyline +133
Over / Under o +37.5
Pointspread -3 -106
Moneyline -159
Over / Under u +37.5

The Saints and the Vikings will go down in history for having one of the most thrilling (for Vikings fans) finishes in an NFL playoff game ever. Stefon Diggs caught a 61-yard pass from backup QB Case Keenum which won the game for the Vikes and eliminated the Saints from the postseason in 2017.

The Saints followed that huge letdown with another playoff game ending in heartbreak in 2018. The team was felled in the NFC Conference Championship by the Rams, after Drew Brees was intercepted in a play that is now widely considered one of the worst missed pass-interference penalty calls in NFL playoff history. The Saints have the memory of that to drive them into the 2019 season.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Pointspread
  • Minnesota Vikings -113 +3
  • New Orleans Saints -107 -3

The last time these two teams played each other in the preseason was 18 years ago. In that game, when half of the current roster was still in preschool, the Vikes won 28-21.

Out of a total of 30 regular-season games and four playoff games, the Vikings hold a 22-12 record against the Saints, with a 19-11 record in the regular season and a 3-1 record in postseason games.

Their last meeting was in Week 8 of the last season; a game the Saints won by a score of 30-20.

Minnesota Vikings

This is a team that won division titles in both 2015 and 2017, only to come out of the 2018 season with a disappointing 8-7-1 record and a missed postseason.  For that reason, Minnesota will be utilizing some updated offensive strategies coming into the this season. They’ll be looking to give Kirk Cousins a break by improving their run game. Expect to see Dalvin Cook get plenty of touches.

With their first-round pick in this year’s draft, the Vikes picked up C Garrett Bradbury to bring in extra protection for their QB and running backs. Another new addition to the Minnesota locker room is the son of Irv Smith Sr. Irv Smith Sr spent most of his career as a tight end for the Saints. His son, Irv Smith Jr., also a tight end, was the Vikings 2nd round pick this April.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints will look a little different this season. In fact, they’ll look a little like the Vikings. The New Orleans bench features five players who were very recently Minnesota Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater, Latavius Murray, Zach Line, Nick Easton and Marcus Sherels all used to wear the purple. Latavius Murray was Dalvin Cook’s backup last season and now has the honor of backing up Alvin Kamara in the Big Easy.

The Saints also locked in one of their best players this offseason, signing Michael Thomas to an extension. During the draft, the Saints got some young safeties that will grow into strong players; Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Saquan Hampton.

Veteran center Max Unger retired this past year and the Saints used one of their draft picks on Erik McCoy, who will hopefully be ready to replace Unger in that position.

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