Minnesota to win vs. New York Moneyline
Justin Jefferson over 93.5 rec yards Player Prop
By Lawrence Smelser
New York vs. Minnesota Wild Card matchup preview and current betting lines
The Vikings will host the Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. ET and the matchup can be seen on FOX.
Both teams have enjoyed successful seasons under their first-year head coaches. Kevin O’Connell, the former offensive coordinator for the Rams led the Vikings (13-4) to the No. 3 seed in the NFC.
Brian Daboll, the former offensive coordinator for the Bills has breathed life into the Giants (9-7-1) and earned them the No. 6 seed in the NFC. It’s New York’s first playoff appearance since 2016 when the team lost to Green Bay in the Wild Card round.
The No. 6 seed New York is coming off a 22-16 loss to its division rival, Philadelphia. Daboll rested most of his starters for the game since the organization clinched a playoff berth the 38-10 win over Indianapolis in week 17.
Minnesota locked in the three seed after its 29-13 demolition of the Bears in week 18. The Vikings are making their first playoff appearance since 2019 when they lost to the 49ers in the divisional round.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will make his first playoff appearance. The former Duke product is in his fourth season as a pro and threw for 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2022-2023.
Oddsmakers have the odds set in favor of the Vikings winning as three-point favorites on the spread and -152 on the moneyline, compared to the Giants at +134.
The game total is set at 48.5 points. Currently, 53% of bets have been placed on the Giants to cover the spread and 94% of the money is on them to win outright.
Players to watch in the Giants vs. Vikings contest
Saquon Barkley: The dynamic running back answered critics after a few injury-riddled seasons by rushing for 1,312 yards (fourth) on 295 carries (fourth). The former Penn State Nittany Lion scored 10 touchdowns and also recorded 57 receptions for 338 yards this year.
Justin Jefferson: The 22nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft led the league in both receptions (128) and receiving yards (1,809) this season. Jefferson eclipsed 100 yards in ten games and recorded eight touchdowns.
Our NFL bet of the week for the Giants vs. Vikings
ESTNN is providing bettors with two free selections for this game.
New York vs. Minnesota: Vikings to win @ -152 (BetRivers)
The Vikings opened their season with an 8-1 record and have looked dangerous all year long. O’Connell worked his magic in 2021-2022 with Matthew Stafford en route to a Super Bowl victory with the Rams.
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This year, he’s helped Kirk Cousins post decent numbers. Cousins has struggled with turnovers though. The 34-year-old has enjoyed success with the new scheme and his stats below showcase how well he’s performed.
Kirk Cousins Stats
Passing yards: 4,547 (4th)
Touchdown passes: 29 (T-5th)
Interceptions: 14 (T-30th)
Quarterback rating: 49.8 (23rd)
The former Michigan State signal-caller owns a 45-33-1 record as the starter for Minnesota. Cousins has struggled in the playoffs going 1-3.
The Vikings feature the seventh-ranked total offense (361.5 yards per game) in the NFL and are averaging 24.9 points per game (eighth). On the other side of the ball, they have struggled. Their total defense is ranked second-worst in the NFL (388.7 yards allowed per week) and is giving up 25.1 points per contest (28th).
New York sports a middle-of-the-table offense (18th) and is averaging 333.9 yards per outing. The unit is tied for 15th in scoring, (21.5 PPG) but on defense, is 25th in yards allowed (358.2 YPG) and is surrendering 21.8 points per game.
Minnesota is 9-1 straight up at home in its last 10 games and 5-0 in its previous five games against the Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. New York is 2-8 in its prior 10 games versus Minnesota and is 4-4 on the road this season.
The two teams matched up earlier this year in week 16. The Vikings won 27-24 at home.
At ESTNN, we believe this contest will once again come down to the wire and that the Vikings will win once again. Our pick is to take the Minnesota’s moneyline at -152 odds on BetRivers Sportsbook.
Giants vs. Vikings odds: Justin Jefferson over 93.5 receiving yards @ -120 (BetMGM)
The NFL leader in receiving yards averaged 106.4 yards per game in 2022 and will look to light up the stats sheet against the Giants. The 23-year-old has posted at least 98 receiving yards in 11-of-17 games this campaign.
Jefferson averaged 10.8 targets a game and despite having a slow last two weeks, should get back on track. During the playoffs, most superstars are relied upon and the former LSU product is the best player on Minnesota.
We believe it’s wise to take the over 93.5 receiving yards prop for Jefferson on BetRivers Sportsbook at -120 odds. If you’re interested in learning about more prop bets for round one of the playoffs, read our NFL player props page.
Frequently asked questions regarding New York vs. Minnesota
No, Minnesota has never lifted the Lombardi Trophy. The organization has made four appearances in the big game but has never won.
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