The Minnesota Vikings (2-1) join the New Orleans Saints (1-2) for breakfast in London for a 9:30 a.m. (ET) sweatpants-mandatory/Zubaz-tolerated meeting at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Vikings and Saints odds, and make our expert NFL picks and predictions.
The Vikings have no business being 2-1 after handing a home loss to Detroit only to have the Lions overthink 4th down a half-dozen times so Minnesota was able to steal a win in the final minute.
The Saints have stumbled out of the gate and are likely going to have to throw veteran QB Andy Dalton into the fray with few reps with the starters. These are 2 teams that need a win, but haven’t played like winners since Week 1.
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Vikings vs. Saints odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 12:02 a.m. ET.
- Money line (ML): Vikings -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Saints +122 (bet $100 to win $122)
- Against the spread (ATS): Vikings -2.5 (-125) | Saints (+100)
- Over/Under (O/U): 43.5 (O: -105 | U: -120)
Vikings vs. Saints key injuries
- OLB Za’Darius Smith (knee) questionable
- CB Andrew Booth Jr. (quad) questionable
- QB Jameis Winston (back/ankle) questionable
- WR Michael Thomas (foot) questionable
Vikings vs. Saints picks and predictions
Vikings 23, Saints 20
When you think the team that is laying 2.5 points to win, there is little reason to pay the tax on buying 2 points. Minnesota on the money line is -145. Giving 2-and-a-hook drops that to -125. I’ll take my chances there.
TAKE VIKINGS -2.5 (-125)
That’s a big number to invest. The fact the Saints are at even money tells you that those making the odds aren’t invested in New Orleans being able to cover that number.
The early buzz is that the Saints are getting some support by being the underdog. With either an injured Jameis Winston or an uninitiated Dalton taking over at QB is a quandary you probably either avoid completely or bet judiciously small.
BET UNDER 43.5 (-120)
Both the Vikings and Saints are consistently hitting the Under and in a game where neither team has the home-field advantage, it’s easy to see both teams playing things close to the vest.
The Vikings have the better offensive weapons, but the Saints have the better overall defense. That lends itself to field position battles and as many or more field goals than touchdowns. While this number could easily hit the Over — WR Justin Jefferson is elite and the last time RB Alvin Kamara played the Vikings he scored 6 TDs — there is a feeling that both teams want to escape from Old York with a win by any means necessary. That means not taking unnecessary risks and taking points 3 at a time instead of 7.
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