National Football League: NFC NO vs. MINN
New Orleans Saints (0-0, 0-0 away) at Minnesota Vikings (0-0, 0-0 home)
September 11, 2017- 7:10 PM ET (TV ESPN) U.S Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
With an NFL double-header schedule on Monday, we will first go out to U.S. Bank Stadium for an NFC clash between the New Orleans Saints versus the Minnesota Vikings in a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Saints Lines: BetOnline Spread (+3) ML +139
Best Vikings Lines: MyBookie Spread (-3) ML -160
Over/Under: GTBets 48.0
With the Saints making a trip into Minneapolis, it will be more than just a game for one player in particular and that is former Viking and possible future Hall of Famer in running back Adrian Peterson. The 32-year old ball carrier was stellar in 10 seasons with Minnesota rushing for 11,747 yards but after the Vikes decided to move on with without him, it no doubt left a bad taste in the mouth of Peterson.
One that is sure to spill over on the field as Peterson will be fired-up to do some damage to his former team all while trying to help his new team in the Saints steal one away on the road.
With already a formidable offense behind the arm of long time veteran QB in Drew Brees, Peterson will add one more element to go along with Mark Ingram, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last season. The Saints led the league in offensive yards per game last season with 426.0.
New Orleans finished at 8-8 in 2016 and will go into the new season with better expectations as they look to win the NFC South.
For the Vikings, they too will be looking for major improvement after ending their season at 7-9 but as the offense will need to step-up, the Minnesota defense remains solid with nearly every starter returning. Minnesota ranked third in defense in 2016 with 314.9 yards allowed as they are anchored by five Pro Bowl players.
As Peterson, the Minnesota defense will be pumped up to keep their former teammate from running wild.
On offense, the Viking running game will be led by the duo of Latavius Murray and second-round draft pick Dalvin Cook.
With last season’s disappointing finishes, the Saints and Vikings will be out to get a big opening win on the board. As for sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring MINN (-3) points over NO with an over/under of 48.0 total game points scored from GTBets.
Staying with the visitors, I will take the Saints PLUS the points (+3) to cover against Minnesota as my best betting pick.