NFL Wild Card Opening Odds: New York Giants At Minnesota Vikings

Written By Brett Gibbons on January 8, 2023
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The Minnesota Vikings (13-4) host the New York Giants (9-7-1) in the NFC Wild Card Round on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET at US Bank Stadium. The Giants also visited the Vikings on Christmas Eve, where Greg Joseph nailed a 61-yard game-winning field goal for Minnesota. The Vikings opened as a -3 (-102) favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook and the Giants opened at +126 on the money line. Find Giants at Vikings NFC Wild Card opening odds below.

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NFL Wild Card Opening Odds: New York Giants At Minnesota Vikings

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How The Vikings Got Here

Lucky? Fraudulent? How did the Vikings amass 13 wins this season despite a -19 point differential heading into Week 18?

11 games finished within one score, including seven straight in the middle of the season, and one more game finished with a nine-point differential. The Vikings hit five game-winning field goals with under 25 seconds remaining, mounted a 33-point second-half comeback, and forced an impossible goal line fumble on a QB sneak in wins this year.

Against playoff teams, Minnesota is 4-3, but those losses came via 17, 34, and 37-point blowouts. Offense is never the question– Justin Jefferson came close to breaking the all-time receiving record– but the defense was usually the liability. The unit finished allowing the third-most yards per play on the season (5.9!). Only one team allowed more points per game than the Vikings (Chicago, the first overall pick).

A constant criticism of the Vikings is Kirk Cousins‘ track record in primetime games. In the playoffs, every game is primetime. However, against a team the Vikings just beat three weeks ago, Minnesota certainly could feel worse about their first round opponent.

How The Giants Got Here

The Giants reached the postseason in their first year under Brian Daboll. While not the favorite on odds boards, Daboll is a strong contender for the Coach of the Year award. He helped lead Daniel Jones to career-marks in yards and completion percentage while cutting his interceptions down to just five in the regular season.

Despite a defense that forced the fewest interceptions in the NFL (six), the Giants came away with a +3 turnover margin on the season. The unit was liable to opposing rushing attacks, finishing 30th in EPA per rush allowed and and 31st in yards per rush allowed (5.3). Last time against the Vikings, they played well, holding them to just 83 yards on the ground.

The Giants locked their spot as the sixth seed in the NFC Playoff race after Week 17, prompting them to rest their starters for Week 18. That bonus rest is crucial to Saquon Barkley, who played 16 games this year– the most since his rookie season. He also logged his most targets and receptions since Jones took over at QB.

NFL Playoffs Begin Jan. 15 With Super Wild Card Weekend

The Kansas City Chiefs secured the AFC’s top overall playoff seed Saturday with their win over the Raiders. Patrick Mahomes & Co. get the coveted bye week for the Wild Card Round. The bye also fortifies their position as the Super Bowl odds favorites. On the other side, the Philadelphia Eagles locked up the NFC’s top overall seed. Led by NFL MVP contender Jalen Hurts, the Eagles also get an extra week’s rest and await winners of the Wild Card Round.

Aside from this game in the NFC bracket, the San Francisco 49ers play either the Packers or Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Dallas Cowboys. Across the way, the Buffalo Bills host the Miami Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Playoffs.

Super Wild Card weekend begins Jan. 15 with the Seahawks at 49ers. Follow along with TheLines for NFL Playoff odds and coverage.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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