National Football League: NFC Championship MIN vs. PHI
Minnesota Vikings (13-3, 6-2 away) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-3, 7-1 home)
January 21, 2018- 6:40 PM ET (TV FOX) Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
The second half of NFL Championship Sunday will feature what should be a good one as the Minnesota Vikings will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles in a primetime NFC Championship clash at Lincoln Financial Field that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Vikings Lines: MyBookie Spread (-3) ML -155
Best Eagles Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+3) ML +140
Over/Under: BetOnline 38.5
Thanks to a “Minnesota Miracle” last week at home against New Orleans, the Vikings find themselves one victory away from playing in the Super Bowl in their own home stadium. But, first things first as they must get by a Philadelphia team looking to make their own plans in 2 weeks.
In a matchup that will feature two of the best defenses in the league, the odds makers have predicted a low scoring affair (O/U 38.5) with the visiting Vikes as a field goal favorite of (-3).
On the year, the Vikings behind QB Case Keenum scored 382 points, while allowing just 252 points scored against. The once-high powered Philadelphia offense scored 457 points to yielding 295 points against.
However, with their field general and possible league MVP in QB Carson Wentz sidelined with a torn ACL, the Eagles offense has not been as stellar under backup and former starter Nick Foles.
Both teams were battle-tested last week with the Vikings pulling off a dramatic 29-24 home victory that came down to the last play of the game, while Philadelphia found a way to dethrone the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons 15-10 at home.
Underdogs at home, the Eagles will be playing in their first NFC title game since 2008, while seeking their first Super Bowl appearance since 2004. Minnesota has dropped five straight NFC title games and haven’t tasted a SB since the 1976 season. Neither team has yet to win a Super Bowl.
A win by the Vikings will give Minnesota their fifth Super Bowl appearance, but are 0-4 in the Big Game. Meeting for the first time since the 2008 wildcard game, the Vikings are 0-4 versus Philadelphia in four postseason meetings.
Will we see a defensive struggle in this one or will the offenses find success and turn it into a shootout? For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring MIN (-3) points over PHI with an over/under of 38.5 total game points scored from BetOnline. Liking the visiting team on both sides of the ball in this one, I will favor the Vikings MINUS the points (-3) over Philadelphia for the win as my best betting pick.