New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings - 1/5/20 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at New Orleans Saints (13-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1:05 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -8 -- Over/Under: 48.5
The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints meet Sunday in the NFC Wild Card NFL Playoffs at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Minnesota Vikings enter the playoffs losing three of their last five games. The Minnesota Vikings have won four of their last six road games. Kirk Cousins is completing 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,603 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 24 games. Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook have combined for 1,649 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Adam Thielen has 30 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 133.3 yards per contest, and Cook leads the way with 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 18.9 points and 341.6 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 110 tackles, Danielle Hunter has 14.5 sacks and Anthony Harris has six interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints are red hot at the moment after winning six of their last seven games to finish the regular season. The New Orleans Saints have won six of their last eight home games. Drew Brees is completing 74.3 percent of his passes for 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brees and Teddy Bridgewater have combined for 36 touchdown passes and six interceptions. Michael Thomas and Jared Cook have combined for 2,430 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Alvin Kamara has 81 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 108.6 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 797 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 21.3 points and 333.1 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 111 tackles, Cameron Jordan has 15.5 sacks and Marcus Williams has four interceptions.
The Vikings are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NFC and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Vikings last 8 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Saints last 7 games overall. The Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Minnesota Vikings are a hard team to trust, as they finished the season with losses in three of their last five and have a quarterback in Cousins who doesn't have a lot of wins in big moments, which includes just crapping the bed at home against the Green Bay Packers. The New Orleans Saints have been there done that, finished the season scoring no less than 34 points in their last four games and have been successful ATS during this stretch. The Saints also have revenge on their mind as the Vikings sent New Orleans home a couple of years ago on that miracle touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. There's a lot working against the Vikings and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is one of the tougher places to play. However, the Vikings play defense and can run the football. Since the beginning of time, if you can do those two things, you have success in January. I'll take my eight free points.