Why Vikings Can Beat Saints
The early money on the Saints Vikings odds menu was heavy on Minnesota, forcing the line down from -4.5, but the betting action has evened out.
Drew Brees and Brett Favre go head-to-head in the battle of two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks Sunday in the NFC Conference Championship.
The Saints and Vikings both steamrolled their opponents in the Divisional round and a ton of points should be scored by the Top 2 scoring offenses in the NFL this season. No wonder the total has been set so high at 53 at Bovada.
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New Orleans booked their ticket to the championship game by ripping Arizona 45-14 as a 7.5-point favorite. Brees lit up the Cardinals for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Reggie Bush had one of the best games of his career with 84 rushing yards and a touchdown on only eight carries and an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Minnesota took apart Dallas last week, pounding the Cowboys 34-3 as a 2.5-point favorite. Brett Favre turned back the clock once again and passed for 234 yards with four touchdowns. Sidney Rice had a career day with six receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns. The Vikings defense smothered Dallas, with six sacks, and three turnovers.
Minnesota didn’t escape their big win over Dallas unscathed. The Vikings defense wasa bit hard by the injury bug after both DE Ray Edwards and DT Kevin Williams went down with knee injuries. Both are considered questionable for this weekend and would leave a big hole upfront for Minnesota if they can’t go.
Vikings Saints odds – History, trends and odds
If history means anything for this game the Saints could be in trouble. Minnesota has owned the Saints for years with four-straights win against them and eight wins in their last nine meetings. The Vikings were also 4-0 ATS during their streak and 6-3 ATS in the nine contests.
The Saints lone victory versus the Vikings during that span came at the Superdome in 2001. Home field could be a big advantage again for the Saints this weekend, as the Vikings were 4-4 on the road this season compared to 9-0 at home.
Over at Bovada the Saints are a 3.5-point chalk.
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