Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NFL Football Game
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Game Info
Minnesota Vikings (6-8) vs. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
Date: Friday, December 25th, 2020
Time: 4:30pm EST
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Coverage: Fox Network
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints Money Line, Spread, Total, Odds
Money Line: Vikings +240 | Saints -300
Spread: Vikings +7 (-112) | Saints -7 (-108)
Total: Over 51.5 (-114) | Under 51.5 (-106)
Super Bowl Odds: Vikings +25000 | Saints +850
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints News and Notes
The Minnesota Vikings travel to the land of Po’ Boy sandwiches and Mardi Gras with their playoff hopes hanging on by a thread to reach the seventh and final spot in the postseason. Head coach Mike Zimmer has never had a team under his reign go worse than .500, but that looks to be a distinct possibility this year. We’d be remiss not to mention that the Vikings’ offense starts with a strong, foundational running game helmed by Dalvin Cook, who is in the lead for the NFL rushing yards title. Pass catchers Adam Thielen, Irv Smith Jr., Chad Beebe, and rookie sensation Justin Jefferson has had the Vikings looking as explosive as they’ve ever been catching passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Quarterback Drew Brees finally came back from a cracked rib injury that shelved him for five games and left the Saints in the stead of gadget quarterback Taysom Hill. The team’s offense largely is rounding into form at the right time and is as loaded as we’ve come to expect. Alvin Kamara, as the swiss-army knife running back that is also lethal catching passes out of the backfield, and pass-catchers Emmanuel Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith, and Jared Cook have all stepped up their games to fill in for alpha wide receiver Mike Thomas spending the season on IR.
The Vikings defense isn’t great, but it’s trending in the right direction: A secondary that was safety Harrison Smith and four rookies is now at least league-average. The front-seven lost most of their best defenders to injury this season: Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, and Danielle Hunter all have been lost to injury as well: the fact that they’re competitive is a feather in Zimmer’s cap.
The Saints defense has had some scheduling luck (as I mention below) but still have star impact players: defensive end Cameron Jordan, linebacker Demario Davis, and All-Pro cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who should give Thielen fits all game. The game is also being played at the Superdome, where the Saints always try to defend their home turf fiercely.
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints Prediction and Picks
I believe with Saints quarterback Drew Brees showing some health issues in his poor performance against the Chiefs on national television Sunday and a Vikings team that will be motivated to the maximum to win a game to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, combined with a Minnesota defense that has played league-average since mid-season after starting bottom-barrel, and a Saints defense that is a bit of a paper tiger (prior to Mahomes, their last string of offenses were the Eagles, a Julio-less Falcons, the Niners, the Bears and the Panthers with one game thrown in vs. Tampa Bay) that the right picks are taking over 51.5 and taking the seven points with the Vikings. I expect the Vikings to come out guns blazing, and although Brees may be hobbled, I feel fairly confident that Sean Payton will be able to have the Saints and their stars get to 25+ points.