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Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 01/05/2020 Previews, Game Analysis and Predictions

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Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 01-05-2020 Previews Game Analysis and Predictions

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 01/05/2020 –The New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, their first meeting since the 2018 NFL playoffs. NFL sportsbook heavily favors New Orleans to come out on top. The Saints are expected to ride on the momentum of their big win over Carolina last week to finish with a 13-3 record. The Vikings, on the other hand, are hoping that their starters gain from the rest last week. The last time these two teams met was last year with New Orleans winning on the road.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 01/05/2020

When: Sunday, January 05, 1:05 PM ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: FOX
Stream: SofaStream

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 01/05/2020

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Vikings +6.5 (-111) 46 o (-107) +252
Saints -6.5 (-111) 46 u (-107) -283
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Minnesota Vikings

Finishing the regular NFL season with a 10-6 card, the Minnesota Vikings hope to benefit from players-well rested. Dalvin Cook may return after being sidelined with a shoulder injury. This should be good news to quarterback Kirk Cousins who performs better with him around. When Cook is healthy, Cousins averages 258 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. When out, those numbers dipped to 190 yards per game without Cook. The defense needs to be at its best for the Vikings. They have held opponents to just a 43.7-percent touchdown conversion rate, something that could give the Saints problems.

Players to watch:

K. Cousins QB (15 GP 307 CMP 444 ATT 69.1 CMP% 3603 YDS 8.1 AVG 244.4 YDS/G 66 LNG 26 TD 6 INT 28 SACK 206 SYL 59.8 QBR 107.4 RTG), D. Cook RB (14 GP 250 ATT 1135 YDS 4.5 AVG 75 LNG 7 BIG 13 TDS 81.1 YDS/G 3 FUM 2 LST 60 FD 14 GP 53 REC 63 TGTS 519 YDS 9.8 AVG 0 TD 31 LNG 7 BIG 37.1 YDS/G 1 FUM 0 LST 597 YAC 26 FD), A. Mattison RB (13 GP 100 ATT 462 YDS 4.6 AVG 35 LNG 4 BIG 1 TDS 35.5 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 19 FD).

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints hope to continue their winning ways against the Minnesota Vikings. They are coming off a 42-10 whipping of the Carolina Panthers to improve to 13-3. Quarterback Drew Brees will lead the way on the offensive of the Saints. He has thrown for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns this season despite missing some games. WR Michael Thomas is expected to provide help, leading the league with 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. With Cook potentially back, the Saints’ defense needs to be on its feet. New Orleans has allowed only 91.3 yards per game this season but only 78.7 yards on the ground the last three games.

Players to watch:

D. Brees QB (11 GP 281 CMP 378 ATT 74.3 CMP% 2979 YDS 7.9 AVG 270.5 YDS/G 61 LNG 27 TD 4 INT 12 SACK 89 SYL 74.2 QBR 116.3 RTG), A. Kamara RB (14 GP 171 ATT 797 YDS 4.7 AVG 40 LNG 5 BIG 5 TDS 56.9 YDS/G 3 FUM 1 LST 32 FD), L. Murray RB (16 GP 146 ATT 637 YDS 4.4 AVG 30 LNG 3 BIG 5 TDS 39.8 YDS/G 0 FUM 0 LST 38 FD).

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Betting Numbers

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Minnesota Vikings

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games.
Vikings are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games.
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against New Orleans.
Vikings are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games against New Orleans.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games on the road.

New Orleans Saints

Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans’ last 7 games.
Saints are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Orleans’ last 11 games against Minnesota.
New Orleans is 13-4 SU in their last 17 games at home.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Betting Picks

NFL divisional round picks to see the New Orleans Saints topping the Minnesota Vikings this coming Sunday. The Saints are forecasted to win via a score of 13.7-32.9 covering the spread and the total going under.