Making predictions at the start of the season is a must for anyone who follows or wagers on professional sports. Most of us are probably looking a little foolish at the moment, as the NFL season has been a bit of a strange one thus far. Many of the teams picked to be among the very best that the league has to offer have been struggling to this point, but there are also a couple who have risen quite nicely to the occasion.
The New Orleans Saints leaped back into the big time last season with a stunning return to form and they have picked right up where they left off, going 5-1 to start this season. The Minnesota Vikings were another team expected to be among the Super Bowl favorites this season, and while they may still end up making a deep run, they have yet to hit the heights that were expected from them. This looks to be a brilliant Sunday night match-up, with the bookies having this one as a PK play. The point total for this one has been set at 53.
Saints vs Vikings NFL Week 8 Odds & Pick for Sunday Night
- When: Sunday, October 28 at 8:20 PM EST
- Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
- TV: NBC
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL League Pass
- NFL Week 8 Odds: PK (Total 53)
- Overcast: 7°C/45°F
- Humidity: 71%
- Precipitation: 3%
- Cloud Cover: 93%
- Wind: 8 mph NW
- Stadium Type: Indoor
Why bet on the New Orleans Saints?This season did not get off to the best start for the Saints, as they went down at home to Tampa Bay in the opening week of the season. Since then, though, New Orleans has been on fire, with QB Drew Brees setting all sorts of records along the way. The Saints come into this one on a 5-game winning streak, with 3 of those wins coming on the road in tough environments like Baltimore and Atlanta.
The Saints have been a fantastic bet through the last 5 weeks, winning all their games and going 4-1 ATS in that stretch, which includes covering in each of their last 4 games, twice as an underdog. The bad news is that they are just 1-7 SU in their last 8 visits to Minnesota, with 7 of those games going OVER the point total.
- Average Score For: 34.00
- Total Yards: 409.83
- Rush Yards: 108.33
- Passing Yards: 301.50
- Average Score Against: 27.17
- Total Yards: 366.00
- Rush Yards: 72.33
- Passing Yards: 293.67
Why bet on the Minnesota Vikings?The general consensus was that the Vikings would become a force to be reckoned with after signing Kirk Cousins. They finally got themselves a franchise QB to work alongside their awesome defensive unit, but it has not gone at all to plan this season. Cousins has been just fine, throwing for over 2,100 yards and hitting 8 TD’s to just 2 INT’s in the past 5 games.
The problem has been that there is really no run game to go with the aerial attack, with Minnesota average about 85 YPG on the ground. The defense has also not been as stout as it was last season, which explains why the Vikings are at 4-2-1. Not a great record, but enough to get them to the top of the NFC North, for now. Over the last 5 games at home, the Vikings are just 1-3-1 ATS.
- Average Score For: 25.29
- Total Yards: 318.29
- Rush Yards: 87.43
- Passing Yards: 293.00
- Average Score Against: 23.57
- Total Yards: 346.00
- Rush Yards: 89.86
- Passing Yards: 256.14
Saints vs Vikings NFL Week 8 Betting Trends
- New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans’s last 9 games
- Minnesota is 3-5-2 ATS in its last 10 games
- Minnesota is 16-4-1 SU in its last 21 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Saints vs VikingsThis has all the makings of a fantastic game of football and I think we are looking at a match-up that goes right down to the wire. I think that despite their previous efforts here, the Saints can go in and get the win.
Score: New Orleans Saints 29 – Minnesota Vikings 27