Minnesota Vikings (6-8) at New Orleans Saints (10-4)
NFL Football: Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -7 -- Over/Under: 52 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Saints face off for a playoff matchup with the Minnesota Vikings Christmas afternoon in week 16 NFL action at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The Minnesota Vikings ned a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Vikings have split their last six road games. Kirk Cousins is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,569 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Cousins has nine touchdown passes in his last four games. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have combined for 1,953 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns while Dalvin Cook has 42 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 147.7 yards per contest, and Cook leads the way with 1,484 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 27.7 points and 378 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 107 tackles, Yannick Ngakoue has five sacks and Harrison Smith has four interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints need a win to rebound from back-to-back losses. The New Orleans Saints have won four of their last five home games. Drew Brees is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 2,430 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brees and Taysom Hill have combined for 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders have combined for 1,319 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Tre’Quan Smith has 34 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 131.8 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 777 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 21.2 points and 306.4 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 106 tackles, Trey Hendrickson has 12.5 sacks and Marcus Williams has three interceptions.
The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Vikings last 8 road games. The under is 5-2 in Saints last 7 games overall. The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in New Orleans and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The Minnesota Vikings are coming off back to back frustrating losses and the defense has slipped a bit lately, but they've played some of their best football this season on the road. The New Orleans Saints are coming off a tough loss against the Chiefs and the lack of running game lately has put a lot of pressure on Brees and Hill to takeover games. The Saints are going to be a motivated bunch considering the Vikings have bounced them twice in the playoffs the last few years, but I'm not laying a full touchdown on short rest with the way they've played recently. The Vikings are inconsistent as all hell, but they're still a very talented team.
Give me the points.