New York qualified for the playoffs and head back to Minnesota for the first time since 2016. The Giants enter this one against the Vikings as underdogs in the betting odds.
After a long and grueling regular season, the NFL ushers in its Super Wild Card round of the playoffs this weekend, with games spread out from Saturday afternoon to Monday night. The state of New York saw two of its three teams make the postseason for the first time in five years. The Giants face the Vikings as underdogs in the betting odds for this Wild Card contest.
The Minnesota Vikings host the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the midafternoon contest during the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend. This game represents rematch from the regular season, a good game from late in the year when the Vikings won over the Giants thanks to a walk-off field goal.
Working in the Giants’ favor is recent postseason history in the NFC. The 6-seed sports a 5-0 outright record over the 3-seed in the last five years in the Wild Card round for the NFC. That bodes well for the G-Men on Sunday.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this Wild Card contest between the Giants and Vikings.
Best Betting Odds for New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
The opening lines for this game set the Giants as three-point underdogs on the road against the Vikings. That’s no surprise considering the home field advantage in the postseason, and Minnesota’s successful regular season performance. The Vikings were great in close games this season, going 11-0 in one-score games, including that three-point win over the Giants at home earlier this year.
Much of the early public action for the point total for this game has gone toward the under, despite the Vikings having seen the Over hit this season more than any other club (11-6).
NFL Wild Card Preview: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
The Giants (9-7-1, 13-4 ATS) made a surprise run to the 6-seed in the NFC playoffs this season under new head coach Brian Daboll. New York got off to a great start this season, going 7-2 early on, only to struggle at times down the stretch.
The Giants relied Saquon Barkley and their rushing attack, which ranked fourth in the NFL with 148.2 rushing yards per game. They’ll face a Vikings defense that has struggled this season, allowing the second-most yards per game (388.7) and the fourth-most points per game (25.1).
The Vikings (13-4, 7-9-1 ATS) won the NFC North division thanks largely to one of the league’s top passing attacks. Minnesota sports one of the game’s top receivers in Justin Jefferson, and ranked fourth in passing yards per game (263.8).
New York racked up 445 total yards against the Vikings earlier this year, including 126 rushing yards. Those numbers helped them survive seven penalties and a pair of turnovers in that close contest. If the Giants can clean that up, there’s a decent chance at an upset here.
Betting Trends Affect Giants, Vikings Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this Wild Card matchup between the Giants and Vikings in Minnesota. The Giants covered the spread in each of their last four road games and in their last four games overall. The road team has covered in nine of the last 13 meetings between these teams, including that Week 16 matchup.
The G-Men ended the regular season as one of the best ATS teams (13-4) and posted a 10-2 mark against the spread when listed as the underdog. What’s more, New York went 6-1 against the spread as a road underdog.
The Vikings, meanwhile, have won each of their last five home games against the Giants, and the favorite is 6-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these teams. Minnesota’s also 12-0 on the moneyline this season, but failed to cover in four of their last five games. The Over hit six of Minnesota’s last seven games, including that Week 17 matchup with the Giants. New York’s seen the Under in nine of its last 12 playoff games and 33 of its last 51 games overall.