The Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants meet in an NFL NFC wild card round matchup on Sunday at US Bank Stadium. New York enters this game after a 9-7-1 regular season. The Giants finished sixth in the NFC standings. As for Minnesota, their total is up 13-4 this year. The Vikings grabbed third place in that log, behind the Eagles and the 49ers. Check back all season for free NFL draft picks at Sports Chat Place.
New York was 7-4 overall after 11 games this year, again losing to the Cowboys, Seahawks, Lions and Cowboys. Over the past six games, the Giants have lost 2-3-1, and the Eagles, Vikings, and Eagles have lost again (and tied with Washington).
In Sunday’s game against the Eagles, the Giants trailed 16-0 at halftime. New York posted a 16-6 advantage in the second half but could not come back in the 22-16 loss. Davis Webb threw for 168 yards and a touchdown, while Gary Brightwell passed for 60 yards on 11 carries.
On the Vikings side, they are 9-2 overall after 11 games this year. Minnesota fell to the Eagles and Cowboys in this time. Over the past six years, the Vikings have gone 4-2 by defeating the Jets, Colts, Giants, and Bears.
Facing the Bears in the final week of the regular season, Minnesota beat Chicago 16-6 in the first half. The Vikings scored 13 more points in a 29-13 victory. Kirk Cousins scored 225 yards with a TD, and Alexander Mathison rushed 10 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
New York is 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. The Giants are 5-1 ATS against a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last five games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the NFC. Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last five games after a winning streak.
pluck or pluck: I can still take Minnesota. It’s a tricky thing, though; The Vikings have been playing with the proverbial leather teeth all season and it’s probably a game too close. The last time these teams met was just before December 24th. Minnesota escaped with a solid 27-24 win at home despite McKean recovering and holding New York to only 3 of 11 on third conversions. . It’s going to be another dogfight but I think the Vikings can handle it.
As for New York, their reserve team did a solid job against Philadelphia on Sunday. This will go a long way in getting a new team on the field for this game and bodes well for the Giants. You can easily make a great cover/win New York case here. Should be a great game to check out.
Andrew’s Free Pick:
Minnesota Vikings -3.5