NFL Playoffs Wk 2 Saints Vikings

NFL Playoffs Wk 2 Saints Vikings

After beating a game Carolina club in the best tilt of Wildcard Weekend, the Saints come into the Divisional round with something to prove against the upstart Vikings. New Orleans is the underdog, but don’t bet against them. There’s some serious history between these two clubs, and revenge is a powerful motivator. It was, after all, the Vikings who precipitated the infamous Bountygate which led to the suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton and set the franchise back several years in the prime of Drew Brees’ hall of fame career. However, old scars aside, the reality is that Nola will have its hands full with a Minnesota team that’s overachieved from Week One (when, incidentally, they actually beat NO, albeit with Sam Bradford at the helm).

Right now, the Bovada odds on the Saints vs. Vikings gives Minnesota a four-point advantage, while the Saints moneyline pays out only +165 for the upset. Still, that moneyline represents your surest bet at profiting off an underdog this weekend, so you should get your wagers in before the line shrinks in the buildup to Sunday’s kickoff (4:40 PM, FOX). Another interesting line for the matchup is the Saints vs. Vikings over/under, which is at a low 45 points. With both teams sporting offenses that can light up the scoreboard, it seems like a lock that they’ll combine to score a few more points than that.

If you’re not convinced that this is going to be the best game of the Divisional round of the 2018 NFL Playoffs, you should still tune in to see a master work his craft. By Brees’ standards, this has been a slog of a season, but he’s still posting gaudy numbers, and there’s some indication that this might well be his last dance. Whether or not he retires after this season, though, Brees is a once-in-a-generation talent, a small guy with a big heart and a bigger arm who can air it out and gut you in seconds. If he’s really playing with a chip on his shoulder, expect a career game out of the legendary gunslinger. And make sure you check in on Bovada or SportsBetting as the weekend approaches, because you’ll be able to put a few bucks on some very tasty Drew Brees props. He’ll be among most bookies’ top choices to score first. Of course, USA online sportsbooks thinks if the Saints are going to get to the NFC title game, he might also need to score last.

And a whole lot in between.