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Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 1/5/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Minnesota Vikings are set to clash with the Saints in a NFC Wild Card Event Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday afternoon. Rumour has it that Vikings QB Kirk Cousins would not perform his best on big time matches such as this wild car round against the Saints. Cousins will smash that sort of gossip as he and his starting crew are up and healthy to face New Orleans. Minnesota comes to this match as heavy underdogs at 6.5 points. Winner of this match will gain entry to the Divisional Round.

Minnesota lost its last 2 games of the regular season to the Green Bay Packers (10-23) and its recent outing from the Chicago Bears to a score of 19-21 last week both played at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings rested their starters in their last contest in preparation for its match against the Saints. The team’s starting QB was Sean Mannio who delivered 12 of his 21 throws for 126 yards but got 2 of his passes picked by the Bears. RB Mike Boone dashed for a total of 148 yards on 17 handles with a rushing touchdown while WR Alexander Hollins grabbed 2 passes for 46 yards in the lost effort for the Vikings. Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 matches against the Saints and 2-5 SU in its last 7 games versus New Orleans.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Predictions 1/5/2020

The New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is enjoying his best football performance at the age of 40 throwing 15 passing touchdowns without committing picks for the month of December. Drew’s passer rating is at his career high of 116.3 despite missing 5 games due to a thumb surgery. The Saints are no.1 in run defense in the NFL over the last two seasons. Defensive linebackers Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins are not available pending their injuries but the rest of the Saints are fit to play in their match against the Vikings.

New Orleans capped their season winning 3 straight games over the Indianapolis Colts (34-7), the Titans (38-28) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, and its  recent victory over the Panthers to a score of 42-10 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina last week.

The Saints are at 13-3 after their victory over the Carolina Panthers. Saints QB Drew Brees converted 19 of his 30 throws for 253 yards with 3 passing touchdowns. RB Latavius Murray scuttled for a total of 61 rushing yards on 17 totes while WR Tre’Quan Smith held onto 5 passes for 56 yards to earn their 3rd victory in a row. New Orleans is 13-4 SU in its last 17 matches at home and 12-2 SU in its last 14 games on the season.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints. The NFL pick for this game is the New Orleans Saints -6.5. Minnesota are 1-7 ATS in their last games on the road against opponents with winning logs.The Saints will have to contain RB Dalvin Cook to win this match to a predicted score of 30-21.

Minnesota Vikings Key Player Injuries

Eric Kendricks LB Quad is upgraded to probable Sunday vs New Orleans

Stephen Weatherly DE Illness is upgraded to probable Sunday vs New Orleans

Dalvin Cook RB Shoulder missed last game, is probable Sunday vs New Orleans

Alexander Mattison RB Ankle is upgraded to probable Sunday vs New Orleans

Mackensie Alexander CB Knee is downgraded to OUT Sunday vs New Orleans

Ben Gedeon LB Concussion IR

Chad Beebe WR Ankle IR

Ifeadi Odenigbo DE Hamstring is “?” Sunday vs New Orleans

New Orleans Saints Key Player Injuries

Vonn Bell S Knee is “?” Sunday vs Minnesota

Marcus Williams S Groin is “?” Sunday vs Minnesota

Eli Apple CB Ankle is “?” Sunday vs Minnesota

Sheldon Rankins DT Ankle is out indefinitely

Marcus Davenport DE Foot is out for season

Keith Kirkwood WR Knee IR

Alex Anzalone LB Shoulder IR

Kaden Elliss LB Knee IR

Carl Granderson DE Legal problems PUP

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Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 1/5/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

NFL Starting Time: 1:05 PM EST

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana

Date: January 5, 2020


NFL Odds:  New Orleans Saints -6.5

NFL Totals Odds: 49.5

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