Saints are biggest favorites of wild card round

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The lines are out for this weekend’s four wild card games, and the Saints are the biggest favorites.

New Orleans is an eight-point home favorite over Minnesota, as listed by multiple sports books. That’s no surprise, as the Saints were 13-3 this season, the best record of any team playing in the wild card round, and outscored their opponents by a cumulative 117 points over the course of the season.

The closest line is in the other NFC wild card game, where the Eagles opened as one-point home favorites over the Seahawks, but some books have the Seahawks as one-point favorites. That game is basically a tossup according to the betting odds.

The Patriots, who are not accustomed to having to play in wild card weekend, are 5.5-point favorites over the visiting Titans. Despite Tennessee closing strong after going to quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the odds still show the Patriots as the better team.

The Texans are three-point favorites at home against the Bills, suggesting that the oddsmakers see them as approximately equal teams, with Houston getting the standard home-field advantage.

In last year’s wild card round, all four home teams were favored, but none of them covered the spread and three of the four home teams lost outright.

68 responses to “Saints are biggest favorites of wild card round

  1. LOL at the Eagles getting a home playoff game. The league needs to build in a way to not reward 8-8 or 9-7 division winners of horrible divisions with a home playoff game.

  2. After witnessing Zimmer’s broken-wristed “attitude handshake” after LaFleur schooled him last week, and the fans selecting Rodgers’ injury as a ten-year Top Ten Moment, there is nothing left to admire about the Vikings or their petty, fight-picking fans.

    One-and-done. The Vikings history of being the luckiest team in the NFL is coming to a screeching halt, and deservedly so.

  3. Eagles 27
    Seahawks 13

    The league has set it up for an Eagles Super Bowl appearance.

  4. I know its not possible but if they could only schedule the Viking Saints game for Monday night, I would bet my house on that game. 0-9 on Monday night, never won a playoff game Kirk Cousins would be blinded by the spotlight and never give the Vikings a chance.

    That very well might happen next Sunday anyway but to hear the Viking fans tell us that they are going to win is delusional at best, certified crazy at worst. Either way, the Vikings are stuck with Cousins for yet another year so their off season will be less optimistic than usual. Oh sure, they will claim their 59th straight consecutive paper championship (some things never change) but it will be comedic gold in how they spin it.

  5. GoodellMustGo said:

    “The league needs to build in a way to not reward 8-8 or 9-7 division winners of horrible divisions with a home playoff game.”
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    The Eagles are the first team since the 2014 Panthers to have won a division at 8-8 or worse. If it only happens once every five years or so, it is not a chronic problem.

  6. Saints by 80 …. The vikings could not even beat our High school team .. They smelll really bad, Speilman has to go …… He forced Cousins on Zimmer what the heck is a HC going to say when the GM says I spent ALL our salary cap on 1 guy who turns yellow at the first sign of a pass rush … Much like Pat Haden ,remember him ? I used to look forward every year to seeing his rams in the playoffs cause you touch him 1 time and he got happy feet and heard things that were not there now we have a QB like him …… signed a Frustrated and Pissed Viking fan !!! No SB in my Life time ………

  7. stellarperformance says:
    December 30, 2019 at 9:05 am
    One-and-done. The Vikings history of being the luckiest team in the NFL is coming to a screeching halt, and deservedly so.

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    Green Bay has taken this mantle from them, with plenty of help from the zebras. 49ers in the runner up spot. Neither deserved the wins they got yesterday.

  8. The Vikings once promising season will end with a 3 game losing streak. Humiliating.

    Just another off season championship followed up by a complete and total meltdown.

  9. Any people think right now Vikings have a chance is completely delusional. Past two years since acquiring “Captain Panic Pants” has displayed no dominance play vs playoff teams. 42-14 KINDA GAME for my Vikes. Fan since 1975 just a realistic one… DON’T EXTEND UNLESS A SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE

  10. Remember last season when Brees choked away the game in OT?

    The game I watched wasn’t on Homer Vision so what I saw was a team that the NFL didn’t want to win get hosed. A little like the Jesse James fiasco against the Cheaters…..you remember that Francis.

  11. I know the Viking fans were disappointed that the Lions didn’t beat the Packers yesterday to set up the playoff game next week at Lambeau.

    But not to worry, all the Vikings have to do is win at New Orleans, then win at San Francisco the following week and then they will get their wish, an NFC Championship game (their record in the last five is 0-5) at Lambeau.

    Ya, I don’t see that happening either but I don’t suffer from delusional fantasies.

  12. The Saints should be favored at home. But all these so called “experts” act like no team has ever lost despite being favored (see GB at Chargers)

    As a Viking fan I’m not expecting a win against the Saints next week. Cousins hasn’t proved he can win a big game, Zimmer hasn’t made halftime adjustments lately, and our Corners are a liability. If we win, they will have to change all that very quickly. All I know is that no matter what happens, we did it on our own. No help from the crooked league, no favoritism from the crooked zebras, we win and lose on our own and that’s definitely worth more than having an asterisk like the Green Bay Charity Case.

  13. The Saints are playing better than any NFC team right now. They have the far better coach, QB and O Line. Vikes have Zimmer and if he sticks to a 4 man rush all day they will get destroyed. As a Vikes fan I recognize that they will need the Saints to self destruct if MN has any chance to win this game. If MN gets blown out as I expect, I really do hope the Wilfs get rid of Speilman and Zimmer. 2 wins combined over the past 2 seasons versus teams that end the yr with a winning record-both years it was the Eagles. Is this an AT&T commercial? “Just ok is not ok”

  14. Dude you are so right! Would rather play the Packers in the wild card round. Saints truly deserved the week off but….those are the rules.

    fordbw says:
    December 30, 2019 at 9:50 am

    13-3 and New Orleans is a 3 seed? That ain’t fair. Especially since they are obviously better than Green Bay.

  15. I think the Vikings match up well with the Saints and here’s why. Vikings playing inside on turf elements no factor. They can practice crowd noise all week a couple false starts but they should be okay after the nerves flow out. Mattison and Cook are comparable to Alivn and Tay Train. Drew Brees is a straight drop back passer, he is not not very mobile. While Saints have a great O Line, I believe the Vikings defensive line is quicker and can disrupt the Brees to Micheal Thomas connection and throw off the timing. This game will be closer than a lot of people think.

    Its a good match up, probably the best of the weekend.

  16. I think the Vikings match up well with the Saints and here’s why. Vikings playing inside on turf elements no factor. They can practice crowd noise all week a couple false starts but they should be okay after the nerves flow out. Mattison and Cook are comparable to Alivn and Tay Train. Drew Brees is a straight drop back passer, he is not not very mobile. While Saints have a great O Line, I believe the Vikings defensive line is quicker and can disrupt the Brees to Micheal Thomas connection and throw off the timing. This game will be closer than a lot of people think.

    Its a good match up, probably the best of the weekend.

    BTW I picked the Saints to go to the Super Bowl in the office pool back in September.

  17. The Vikings aren’t even a top 20 NFL team. They built stats up against bad teams and just couldn’t get it done against good ones.

    Seriously, the Cowboys, Rams, Bears, and even teams like the Falcons and Cardinals are playing better football right now than Minnesota.

    The Frauds gained 139 yards vs the Packers when the division was on the line.

  18. Before the playoffs even start, Matt LeFleur has already advanced to as many Divisional weekend playoff games in his first season as Zimmer did in his first 5.

    MN is still reeling from the humiliating sweep by the Packers.

    Saints 31
    Vikings 10

  19. I expect a good game in the Superdome. It’s going to be a tough task for the Vikings to win. But it can be done, despite what the bitter Packer fans say.

  20. whatjusthapped says:
    December 30, 2019 at 10:40 am
    I know the Viking fans were disappointed that the Lions didn’t beat the Packers yesterday to set up the playoff game next week at Lambeau.

    But not to worry, all the Vikings have to do is win at New Orleans, then win at San Francisco the following week and then they will get their wish, an NFC Championship game (their record in the last five is 0-5) at Lambeau.

    Ya, I don’t see that happening either but I don’t suffer from delusional fantasies.
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    That’s cute that you think the Packers will win a playoff game.

  21. Well the good news is that Vikings Saints game is at noon and indoors. Two scenarios that the Vikings have thrived in the Zimmer era! The bad news: We’ll see which Cousins shows up. If Kirk shows up they have a chance but if it’s scatterbrained beaker than we’re out of luck. A healthy Dalvin makes a big difference with their offense. I have a feeling the game will be closer than a lot of people are thinking but I have little hope of coming out of NO with a win.

  22. Vikings surprise everybody. It’s 28-28 late in the 4th quarter. Vikings have the ball and are driving. About to be a major upset. Then… Oh no, Cousins throws a pick-6 and the game is over! – Book it!

  23. The Saints will destroy the Vikings with Kirk “Choke” Cousins… Kirk Cousins is not a big-time QB that can help his team win. If the Saints take away Dalvin Cook Kirk Cousins is done! Kirk may get his numbers in garbage time but it won’t be enough for the Vikings to win…

  24. Vikings match up we’ll catch saints defensive backs. If the Vikings target tgeilin and Diggs for 4 quarters, sometimes the tight end, they have a good shot. If the Vikings try to run the ball and have a balanced offense, forget it. The saints give up big plays, you gotta go after the big plays against them to win. The saints defense is incredible against the run.

    The Saints offense can stop itself from time to time. I’d sell out on Michael Thomas and shadowing Kamara. Make the other saints receivers, Cook the TE, beat you. That’s a path to victory.

  25. Kirk Cousins plays well against the saints and in the dome. The officials owe the vikings this win.

    Really though, just like the Eagles. They have a suspect secondary and have trouble with the run. It will be a carbon copy of the falcons, raiders, eagles.

    the vikings can win, it’s not the offense that blows it every year.

  26. what just happened says

    But not to worry, all the Vikings have to do is win at New Orleans, then win at San Francisco the following week and then they will get their wish, an NFC Championship game (their record in the last five is 0-5) at Lambeau.
    ###

    I like the odds of the Vikings reaching the NFC Championship game with 2 road wins better than the odds of the Packers winning 1 home game in the playoffs this year.

  27. Not an easy road for the Vikings, to say the least. I wanted the Seahawks. The Vikings basically need to have one of their best defensive efforts of the year, and just a normal (with Cook) offensive output. But no, I’m not betting on all that. The Saints do seem to be an offensive tear. BTW; how hard is it to double team the one dude that Brees looks to 20 times a game?

  28. The bookmakers really screwed the pooch on this one. Way too small of a spread. Should be at least eleven. I’ll take the Saints and will gladly give the points. Guaranteed money.

  29. The Vikings should be able to muster enough energy to provide a meaningful scrimmage match to get the Saints tuned up and ready to dominate the packers.

  30. The Vikings are not a playoff team, they’re easily beatable by ANY team in the NFL.

  31. Will the NFL finally stop Saints fans from blowing whistles during the game this year? The NFL has allowed it for a decade.

  32. atthemurph says:
    December 30, 2019 at 11:52 am

    The MN Vikings are 5-21 all time in the playoffs /////
    Typical packer fan making stuff up. The Vikings are 2-14 in their last 16 road games. The Vikings have more than 3 home victories in the playoffs.

  33. The packers are the worst 13-3 team ever in the history of NFL. The Saints will beat them in GB. And only packer fans will be surprised. The packers have had help the whole season. 2 DPI called on this team all year. More penalties giving the packer first downs than any team in the league. It will all crash down when the Saints come to town.

  34. Packer fans better be worried about winning a playoff game,and not worry so much about the Vikings.

  35. The Packers should be hoping for a Viking win here. If the Vikings beat New Orleans, the Packers get the winner of SEA and PHI. Those are two seriously banged up teams. The Vikings are also the team that matches up best against San Francisco and may have the best chance of beating them.

    The Packers easiest route to the Super Bowl includes the Vikings winning. What sounds better to you Packer fans?: BYE, vs PHI, vs MIN – or – BYE, vs NO, at SF

    The more Minnesota wins, the easier things get for Green Bay

  36. uncommon1 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 11:16 am
    The Packers should be hoping for a Viking win here. If the Vikings beat New Orleans, the Packers get the winner of SEA and PHI. Those are two seriously banged up teams. The Vikings are also the team that matches up best against San Francisco and may have the best chance of beating them.

    The Packers easiest route to the Super Bowl includes the Vikings winning. What sounds better to you Packer fans?: BYE, vs PHI, vs MIN – or – BYE, vs NO, at SF

    The more Minnesota wins, the easier things get for Green Bay

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Altough this would require a couple more Minneapolis Miracles. Be careful what you wish for. Yes, this would be nice because the Packers do not have enough weapons to match up with the Saints. The Packers can’t win on the west coast, havent won out there since 2016.Got drilled earlier this year by the 9ers by 29. The Packers Super Bowl was December 23rd. The Packer do not match up well with the Saints or the 9ers, those teams are on another level. Least you forget Philly beat Green Bay this year.

    Now if this were to happen and it wont, I think the last thing the Packers would want to see is a healthy Cook and Mattison come strolling into Lambeau. Its hard to beat a team especially 3 times in a year. Be careful what you wish for, because it would be the most epic fail in Green Bay lore. Ill still root for my Vikes till the end. However, Packers would prolly be best served getting ready for the Saints. That’s who more than likely who they will be playing.

    SKOL

  37. Lots of distractions for the incompetent management in MN this week.

    1) Zimmer potentially out when they lose to the Saints.

    2) Zimmer to Dallas via a trade with Jerry.

    Those sorts of thing really help the team focus on the task at hand.

    Dumbest franchise in all of sports.

  38. So many haters who can’t stand the fact that either their team missed the playoff table or, again, or were just never good enough to get even close. The losing aspect weighs heavy on you leaving you only full of hate and vitriol. This only makes being able to sit at the playoff feast table, regardless of seed, just that much more enjoyable. Hate on losers. Hate on.

  39. Altough this would require a couple more Minneapolis Miracles. Be careful what you wish for. Yes, this would be nice because the Packers do not have enough weapons to match up with the Saints. The Packers can’t win on the west coast, havent won out there since 2016.Got drilled earlier this year by the 9ers by 29. The Packers Super Bowl was December 23rd. The Packer do not match up well with the Saints or the 9ers, those teams are on another level. Least you forget Philly beat Green Bay this year.

    Now if this were to happen and it wont, I think the last thing the Packers would want to see is a healthy Cook and Mattison come strolling into Lambeau. Its hard to beat a team especially 3 times in a year. Be careful what you wish for, because it would be the most epic fail in Green Bay lore. Ill still root for my Vikes till the end. However, Packers would prolly be best served getting ready for the Saints. That’s who more than likely who they will be playing.

    SKOL
    ****************
    I’m not a Packer fan talking trash about the Vikings. I’m a Viking fan looking at this objectively. While it may be difficult to beat a team 3 times in one year, the Packers played poorly in both games and came away with wins. They have earned the right to feel comfortable playing us a third time. Losing to the Vikings would leave the Packer fans with egg on their face, but I’m guessing Green Bay would happily take their chances with us instead of New Orleans or San Francisco

  40. One game sticks in my mind, 1994 Vikings swept the Bears, hosted them that Wilcard weekend, guess who won…….Bears. Its a divisional oppoent if this were to happen but it wont. I will root my butt for the Vikes Sunday, they do have a chance. I like the match up. I hope they prove me wrong I really do. However, with the way Rodgers has played, there is no way they beat the Saints if that match up happens. Rodgers is not that mobile and Cameron Jordon will feast. First thungs fist, let us play this game Sunday first.

  41. chillyball says:
    December 31, 2019 at 11:46 am
    The real Vikings will show up for the Saints. It will be a bloodbath.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So, if the Vikings win and Brees gets injured following an unnecessary late hit, Viking fans will celebrate and can hopefully put it on their ten-year Top Ten Moments someday?

  42. The officials owe the vikings this win.

    Why? Because your team is more deserving than any other team in the Playoffs. By the way the Vikings in order to meet the Packers in the playoffs would have to defeat the Saints and then the 49r’s. The Packers would play the winner of the Seahawks/ Eagles game. Possible? Yes, Probable, no, given that Cousin’s chokes in big games.

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