Saturday’s Week 16 matchup between the New York Giants (8-5-1) and Minnesota Vikings (11-3) will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium. New York enters this matchup having defeated Washington on Sunday, 2012, while the Vikings overcame the NFL’s greatest comeback in history, defeating the Colts 39-36.
This should be another excellent NFC battle of potential playoff teams. Let’s take a closer look at how these two stack up along with their NFL Odds.
NFL Week 16 Betting Lines and Analysis for New York Giants at Minnesota
Giants In Position to Snag NFC Wild Card Spot
The New York Giants defeated the Washington Commanders 20-12 on Sunday night to end a four-game losing run. With the victory, New York put itself in a great position to win a postseason berth as they presently hold an 8-5-1 record for the season.
All season long, the Giants‘ attack has been reliable, never scoring fewer than 13 points in a game. The G-Men score 20.5 points per game on average showcasing a balanced attack averaging 325.2 yards per game. The Giants are led by Saquon Barkley, who has nine touchdowns on the year and a fourth-best 1,170 yards rushing.
The Giants’ defensive unit played outstanding against the Commanders limiting Washington to 12 points on Sunday night. In the victory, the Giants’ defense recorded three sacks and forced two fumbles. Overall, the Giants have a 7-0-1 record this year when they limit opponents to 20 points or fewer.
Vikings Mount Huge Comeback
The Minnesota Vikings made postseason history on Saturday by definitively winning the NFC North division and mounting arguably the NFL’s greatest comeback in history. At a packed U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings stunned the Colts 39-36 in overtime after falling behind by 33 points at halftime.
After the first 30 minutes, it seemed as though Saturday’s surprising outcome was the least likely scenario. Due in large part to a blocked kick that was returned for a score and a pick-six, the Colts jumped out to a 33-0 halftime lead. Kirk Cousin battled pack throwing four second-half touchdowns, and the offense totaled 518 yards in the victory.
The Vikings’ defense, on the other hand, has been their biggest issue this year. The Minnesota defensive unit allowed 33 points in the first half, but they did bounce back by holding the Colts to only three points in the second, enabling Minnesota to complete an unprecedented 39-36 comeback. Overall, the unit needs work as they rank dead last, surrendering almost 400 yards per game.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie lists the Minnesota Vikings as -3.5 point spread favorites (-110) to win the contest at home. In terms of the moneyline, the Browns will be -175 favorites to defend their home turf, while the New Orleans Saints have NFL odds of +150 to steal a victory on the road.
When it comes to the Over/Under, Mybookie has listed the total at 48 points (-110) in this contest at US Bank Stadium.
The passing game will be crucial for New York to win this game. New York will have plenty of chances to get things going and move the ball via the air because the Vikings have given up the second-most passing yards per game this season.
The Vikings put together an unimpressive first half as they allowed 33 points to a Colts team that was without their star running back in Jonathan Taylor.
The Giants have started to put things together, as they have covered the spread in three of their last four contests. They also have more to play for in this matchup as they are fighting for a spot in the NFC playoffs, while the Vikings have already clinched.
The Vikings have failed to cover the spread in their last two contests, and we think they could potentially lose outright in this one. Back the Giants.
NFL Week 16 Betting Pick: New York Giants +3.5 (-110)
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