New Orleans Saints (5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-2-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 28, 2018, 8:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -1 -- Over/Under: 52.5
The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints look to build on their five-game winning streak to create separation in the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints have won six of their last nine road games. Drew Brees is completing 77.3 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards, 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 13 games. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara have combined for 950 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Benjamin Watson has 23 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 108.3 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 363 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 27.2 points and 366 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 49 tackles, Cameron Jordan has five sacks and Marcus Williams has one interception.
The Minnesota Vikings look to build on their three-game winning streak to keep pace in the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings have won seven of their last eight home games. Kirk Cousins is completing 70 percent of his passes for 2,162 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 14 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,290 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 28 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 87.4 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 330 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.6 points and 345.9 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 44 tackles, Danielle Hunter has 7.5 sacks and Harrison Smith has two interceptions.
The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC, 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games in October and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Vikings are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 35-15-2 ATS in their last 52 home games and 45-21-1 ATS in their last 67 games overall. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Vikings last 7 home games and the over is 6-2 in Saints last 8 games overall.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to lose a game snce their bizarre opening loss to Tampa Bay, and they're winning by a margin of 7.3 points on the road this season. Of course, the Saints will also be highly motivated for this game considering this is the same team and the same venue that pulled off the devastating last second victory in last years playoffs. The Saints had this game circled once the schedule was released. The Minnesota Vikings are beating teams by 10.6 points during their three-game winning streak and have been one of the most consistent home teams dating back to last season. The New Orleans Saints are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games when an underdog of any kind. The Minnesota Vikings are 4-6-1 ATS in their last 11 games when a favorite of any kind. The Saints have thirved in the underdog role, but I still like the Vikings at home. Not only is this one of the tougher venues to win at, but the Vikings are even better offensively than they were in the previous matchup. Cousins is playing really good football, as he's completing a high number of his passes and is taking care of the football. The Vikings are also allowing an average of 20 points at home, while the Saints are allowing an average of 26 points on the road. Give me the Vikings at home in this toss-up.