New York Giants (9-7-1) vs. Minnesota Vikings (13-4)
January 15, 2023 at 4:30 pm EDT
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 square off Sunday in an NFL NFC Wild Card Round game from US Bank Stadium. New York comes into this game after a 9-7-1 regular season. The Giants finished sixth in the NFC standings. For Minnesota, it went 13-4 overall this year. The Vikings landed in third place with that record behind the Eagles and 49ers. Watch all season reruns Free NFL Picks In the game chat space.
New York is 7-4 overall after 11 games this year, again losing only to the Cowboys, Seahawks, Lions and Cowboys. The Giants are 2-3-1 in their last six games with losses to the Eagles, Vikings and Eagles (and a tie with Washington).
Heading into Sunday’s game against the Eagles, the Giants trailed 16-0. New York held a 16-6 edge in the second half but could not overcome the 22-16 loss. Davis Webb threw for 168 yards and a TD, while Gary Brightwell managed 60 rush yards on 11 carries.
As for the Vikings, they are 9-2 overall after 11 games this year. During that time, Minnesota fell to the Eagles and Cowboys. Over the last six it’s a 4-2 run for the Vikings with wins over the Jets, Colts, Giants and Bears.
Going into the final week of the regular season against the Bears, Minnesota outscored Chicago 16-6 in the first half. The Vikings scored 13 more points from there in a 29-13 victory. Kirk Cousins posted 225 pass yards with one TD, and Alexander Mattison rushed 10 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
New York is 4-0 ATS in their last four overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. The Giants are 5-1 ATS and a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last five and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 against the NFC. Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in last five after a straight-up win.
Selection: I’ll still take Minnesota. It’s a tough one, though; The Vikings have been playing by the skin of their proverbial teeth all season and this will be a very close game. These teams last met on December 24. Minnesota went 3-for-11 on third-down conversions over New York in a 27-24 home win. . It 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. This will go a long way in getting a new team on the field for this tournament and will bode well for the Giants. You can easily make a good case for New York cover/win here. Should be a great game to watch.
Andrew’s Free Choice:
Minnesota Vikings -3.5