The 2017 online NFL betting is in full effect but Monday night football hasn’t quite started. No Monday night football is waiting for the New Orleans Saints to face the Minnesota Vikings before officially commencing.
In fact, this Monday, players betting NFL will get treated to two different Monday night football contests. But since the Saints and Vikings will take to the limelight first, we’re going to go ahead and check out what kind of results football sportsbooks are predicting for the Saints.
New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings – Monday, September 11th
When: 7:10 pm ET
Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Stream: Watch ESPN, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints +3 (-101) 48 (-110) +143
Minnesota Vikings -3 (-119) 48 (-110) -163
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are coming off a 7-9 season that saw the franchise finish 3rd in the NFC South, marking the third straight year that the Saints finished 7-9 and also the third year in a row that they failed to crack the playoff cut. Sean Payton reprises his role as New Orleans’ head coach marking his 11th season with the franchise.
The Saints managed to post an unholy 2-2 record during the 2017 preseason. New Orleans picked up wins against the Houston Texans and the Los Angeles Chargers and suffered losses to the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens.
Heading into the 2017 season, online NFL betting sites have the Saints finishing last in the division. New Orleans shares a division with the Falcons – who won the NFC last season, the Panthers – who won the NFC 2 years ago, and the Tampa Bay Bucs. Needless to say, if the Saints want to compete for the division in 2017 they’ll need a strong start right out of the gate.
Right now, football sportsbooks don’t have the Saints getting that hot start in their 2017 debut. However, a 3-point prediction on the spread line is at least giving New Orleans a fighting chance this Monday.
The Vikings had a tumultuous season in 2016. From losing their starting quarterback in the preseason, to finding a replacement that could lead them to the playoffs in Sam Bradford, to watching it all fall out of reach in the final weeks of the season.
Minnesota would go on to finish the year with an 8-8 record to finish 3rd in the NFC North. Heading into this upcoming season, online NFL betting sportsbooks have the Vikings finishing 2nd in the division – ahead of the Detroit Lions despite the fact that Detroit actually made the playoffs last season.
The Vikings managed to post 2-2 record in the preseason. Minnesota picked up wins over the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers but suffered losses to the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins.
Looking over the above listed odds, it’s clear that sportsbooks have taken a liking to the 2017 Vikings. But it feels premature, as the success the Vikings enjoyed in early 2016 never materialized down the road. That could very well happen again this season.