The G-Men look to further solidify their playoff positioning with an upset win in Minnesota on Saturday. But the Giants face the Vikings as underdogs in the betting odds.
The NFL doesn’t always get to celebrate Christmas with football, but this year they do. The league’s Week 16 schedule features most of its games shifting to Saturday, Christmas Eve, including New York’s tilt in Minnesota. This game carries playoff implications for the G-Men, but the Giants enter this game against the Vikings as the underdogs in the betting odds.
The New York Giants (8-5-1, 10-4 ATS) scored perhaps their biggest win in years with the team’s 20-12 victory over the Washington Commanders last week. The G-Men face the Minnesota Vikings (11-3, 6-7-1 ATS), fresh off their record-breaking 33-point rally last Saturday night. Kirk Cousins passed for 460 yards and four touchdowns for the Vikings, who could still snag the NFC’s top seed should the Philadelphia Eagles falter down the stretch.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this key matchup between the Giants and Vikings in Minnesota on Saturday.
Best Betting Odds for New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
The opening lines for this contest set the Vikings as slight home favorites, with most sportsbooks starting the spread between 3.0 and 3.5 points. Since then, most of the action has come in on Minnesota’s side, so the spread as ticked up to as high as 4.5 points at some books.
The point spread for this game checked in among the highest for the NFL’s Week 16 slate. That’s no surprise considering the potent Vikings offense and the fact that this is one of the few games this week that doesn’t need to worry about the winter weather.
NFL Week 16 Preview: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Last week, the Giants solidified their playoff standing with an important win over in Washington. While the officiating certainly helped, rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux enjoyed a breakout performance and Daniel Jones finally scored a win in primetime. The Commanders bottled up Saquon Barkley for three quarters. But he finished strong an ended with 87 rushing yards, a welcome figure considering he’d gained 152 rushing yards total during New York’s recent 0-3-1 skid.
This game remains pivotal in New York’s playoff push, and there’s a specific scenario where the Giants enter Week 17 having clinched a postseason berth. A win here could help the G-Men avoid a playoff date with the San Francisco 49ers down the line.
New York’s defense looks to slow a Vikings offense averaging 33 points-per-game in its last three in Minnesota. The Vikings have one of the NFL’s most potent offensive attacks, ranking eighth in scoring (25.1 points-per-game). Minnesota’s scored over 25.5 points in eight of their last 12 contests, including in seven of their last eight at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Giants offense has been limited of late on the road, averaging just 17.7 points-per-game in its last three away games. New York’s defense has allowed 26 or more points in three of its last four games, too.
Betting Trends Affect Giants, Vikings Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Giants and Vikings in Week 16. Minnesota’s won the last three meetings between these teams, and four of the last five. The favorite is 6-0 against the spread in the last six matchups of these clubs.
The Giants enter 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four Saturday games. That said, the G-Men sport just a 2-8 record against the spread in their last 10 December contests. Minnesota, meanwhile, has a 4-1 mark against the spread in their last five games versus winning teams. Though, they’re 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 December games and 1-4 against the spread in their last five Saturday tilts.
The Under hit in four of the last five matchups between these teams. New York’s seen the Under hit in five of their last seven road games, while the Vikings have seen the Over hit in six of their last seven at home and in each of their last four games overall.