New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday, 28 October 2018, 8:20 pm Eastern Time
U.S. Bank Stadium
The Saints look to get some revenge on the Vikings after their crushing defeat in the “Minneapolis Miracle” from a season ago.
The Vikings were written off early on this season, after going 0-2-1 from weeks 2-4. Well it’s now week 8, and the Vikes are riding a three game win streak, and looking like true contenders. Adam Thielen is cementing himself as possibly the leagues best wide receiver. The former undrafted free agent has rattled off seven straight 100-yard receiving games to start the 2018 season, an NFL record. Expect Thielen to add to that record come Sunday night, as the Saints have struggled against the pass, evident by their 28th ranked pass defense.
Since losing in week 1 the Saints have gone undefeated, and in the midst of the win streak they have taken the heavy workload off of their stars (Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas) and incorporated a plethora of other playmakers, making their offense more rounded and even more deadly. Rookie wideout Tre’Quan Smith has 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the past two games, after having one catch and 18 yards in his first four games. Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes seems to have regained his All-Pro form after a shaky start to the season. Still, Drew Brees and company should have no trouble putting up yards on a defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in passing yards surrendered.
Many have the Saints as the second best team in the NFC after the Rams, but the Vikings will have something to say about that this week. Kirk Cousins has been everything the Vikings have hoped for and more when they handed him $84 Million this offseason. On the ground, the loss of Dalvin Cook has seemed to actually help the Minnesota run game as Latavius Murray has shined in his lead back role, totalling 241 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns over the past two weeks. The game will be high scoring, and close, much like the playoff game from a year ago. However, when your team has to make an in-season trade for a former bust in cornerback Eli Apple, the threesome of Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs, will likely be too much to handle.
Score prediction: Vikings win 34-33
The Saints are an offensive juggernaut, and while Minnesota has improved defensively, Drew Brees can keep pace with any team in football. The Saints backend defensively should be what ultimately leads to their defeat, but their offensive prowess and an additional three points should be enough for you to feel safe taking the Saints plus three.
Each of these offenses has the ability to break the over single-handily. Both offenses rank 6th and 7th in passing ypg respectively. Expect fireworks on Sunday night as two of the leagues best signal callers battle it out.
Head to Head
Minnesota holds the slight edge over New Orleans in the last 10 games, with a 6-4 record. The most recent game was the memorable 29-24 playoff victory Minnesota had over New Orleans last season, thanks to the miraculous Stefon Diggs catch, run, and score as time expired.
- New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
- New Orleans is 5-0 in its last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans past 9 games.
- Minnesota is 16-4-1 in its last 21 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of the past 10 games when Minnesota plays New Orleans.
- Minnesota WR Adam Thielen leads the NFL in receptions (67) and receiving yards (822).