Just Who Will Be Suiting Up In Vikings vs Saints Betting Odds Showdown Overseas?
American football fans in London will get to see Justin Jefferson, one of the best receivers in football, go up against New Orleans Saints star cornerback Marshon Lattimore. After that there are more questions than answers regarding who will be able to suit up in the Sunday morning game being played in London.
Key players including running backs Dalvin Cook of the Vikings and Alvin Kamara of the Saints are among the long list of players considered to be questionable in a game being played in London
Key players including running backs Dalvin Cook of the Vikings and Alvin Kamara of the Saints are among the long list of players considered to be questionable in a game being played in London. At the current time, the Vikings vs Saints betting odds favor the Vikings, but of the NFL week 4 point spreads, this is a game that could see some movement as more is known about the availability of the players on the injured list.
The Vikings (priced at +160) are second only to Green Bay in the odds to win the NFC North title. The Saints (+500) are second behind Tampa Bay in the NFC South odds.
Minnesota comes in at +2200 and New Orleans is at +6600 in the odds to win the Super Bowl.
Vikings vs Saints Game Information
- Game: Minnesota Vikings 2-1 vs New Orleans Saints 1-2
- Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
- TV: NFL Network
Minnesota is viewed as the team with the best chance to challenge Green Bay in the NFC North Division. However, if things don’t improve on the defensive side of the ball, that might not happen.
No NFC team is allowing more yards per game than Minnesota’s average of 413.3. The Vikings rank near the bottom of the NFL in both rushing and passing defense. Part of the problem is that Minnesota is working in some new faces on the defense with that list led by leading tackler Jordan Hicks. Having 21 defensive players on the roster 25 or younger is playing a role in the inconsistency on the defensive side of the ball.
A positive sign is that the pass rush seems to be getting the job done with seven sacks this season. Perhaps that has played a role in the Vikings vs Saints odds favor Minnesota.
Even with those issues, Minnesota has won games against division rivals Green Bay and Detroit. The offense rebounded from a poor effort in a loss to Minnesota by putting up 28 points to beat Detroit. There has been a lack of big plays on offense other than when the ball is in Jefferson’s hands. How effective will Jefferson be when he is likely to be shadowed by Lattimore? It might be up to other players to step up in this one.
New Orleans Saints
Moving the ball is not an issue for New Orleans as the Saints rank eighth in the NFL in total offense. There has been an issue finishing drives. The Saints are just 23rd in scoring offense and that is one of the reasons why the Vikings vs Saints betting odds list New Orleans as the underdog.
Rookie Chris Olave displayed why he was the third receiver selected in April’s NFL Draft. Olave had 147 yards on nine catches in a loss to Carolina. It was the second week in a row that the former Ohio State star was targeting 13 times. His role increased following injuries to Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry and Olave should be heavily involved in this game as well.
Mark Ingram is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and that would be a career-high mark for a player who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times. If he continues to produce at this level, perhaps his role will increase even when Kamara is healthy.
Second-year linebacker Pete Werner has raised his play to a different level with 32 tackles but he needs some help.
Vikings vs Saints Injury Update
When looking at the Week 4 NFL injury report, Minnesota safety Harrison Smith (concussion) is probable, cornerback Andrew Booth (quadriceps), running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (knee) are questionable. Linebacker Ryan Connelly (knee) as well as receivers Jalen Nailor (concussion) and Blake Proehl (knee) are out indefinitely.
For the Saints, defensive backs Paulson Adebo (ankle) and J.T. Gray (shoulder), defensive end Marcus Davenport (shoulder), receivers Jarvis Landry (foot), TreQuan Smith (concussion), Michael Thomas (toe) and Deonte Hardy (foot), tight end Taysom Hill (ribs), running back Alvin Kamara (ribs), safety Marcus Maye (wrist), offensive lineman Andrus Peat (concussion) and quarterback Jameis Winston (back) are all questionable.
Vikings vs Saints Head to Head
After dropping three of the last four games against the Vikings, the Saints rolled to a 52-33 win as a 6.5-point favorite at home when the teams last met on Dec. 25, 2020. New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara tied the NFL record with six touchdowns in the game.
New Orleans has covered in four of the last six meetings.
Before the convincing win by the Saints, the previous four matchups were decided by 10 points or less.
Vikings vs Saints Betting Preview
In conclusion of our Vikings vs Saints betting odds preview; there are long road trips and then there is what the Vikings and Saints are enduring this week. Both teams had tough division games with the Saints falling to Carolina and Minnesota needing a touchdown with 45 seconds left to play to edge Detroit. Now they have to make the trip overseas to play in London.
The Vikings have covered in just two of its last six games as well in two of the last seven against the Vikings. New Orleans is also just 2-4 against the spread over the last six games.
Week 4 has been kind to the Saints in recent years with New Orleans going 6-1 against the spread in Week 4 over the last seven games.
Eight of the last 11 games for the Vikings have gone over the total and the total of 43.5 seems like a reasonable number even with NFL key offensive players on both teams heading into the game with injury concerns.
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