New York Giants (9-7-1) – Minnesota Vikings (13-4)
January 15, 2023, 4:30 PM EST
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -3.5 / New York Giants +3.5; Over/Under: 47.5
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The Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants meet Sunday in an NFL NFC Wild Card Round game from 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 totals are up 13-4 this year. The Vikings landed third in that record, behind the Eagles and 49s. Check back all season for Free picks from the NFL At Sports Chat Place.
New York was 7-4 overall after 11 games this year, losing to the Cowboys, Seahawks, Lions and Cowboys again. Over the last six games, the Giants have been down 2-3-1 with the Eagles, Vikings and Eagles losing 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 a 22-16 defeat. Davis Webb threw for 168 yards and a TD, while Gary Brightwell managed 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 that time. Over the past six years, the Vikings have been 4-2 with wins over the Jets, Colts, Giants, and Bears.
Matched up against the Bears in the final week of the regular season, Minnesota outscored Chicago 16-6 in the first half. The Vikings scored 13 more points from there in a 29-13 win. Kirk Cousins scored 225 yards with a TD, and Alexander Matteson 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 vs. the NFC. Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last five games after a straight win.
pluck or pluck: I’ll probably still take Minnesota. This is a tricky one, though; The Vikings have been playing with the proverbial leather-tooth all season and it’s likely a fairly close game. The last time these teams met was shortly before on December 24th. Minnesota escaped with a solid 27-24 win at home despite McCain collecting and holding New York to only 3 of 11 on third down conversions. . This will be another dogfight but I think the Vikings can get there.
As for New York, their backup crew did a solid job against Philadelphia on Sunday. That will go a long way toward getting a new team on the field for this game and bodes well for the Giants. You can easily make an excellent case for New York cover/win here. Should be a great game to check out.
Andrew’s Free Pick:
Minnesota Vikings -3.5
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