NFC Wild Card: Vikings vs Giants 1/15/23 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds
New York Giants (9-7-1) vs. Minnesota Vikings (13-4)
Jan 15, 2023 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 clash on Sunday in an NFL NFC Wild Card Round game from US Bank Stadium. New York enters this game following a 9-7-1 regular season. The Giants finished sixth in the NFC standings. As for Minnesota, they went 13-4 overall this year. The Vikings landed in third place with that record, behind the Eagles and 49ers. Check back throughout the season for free NFL picks on Sports Chat Place.
New York was 7-4 overall after 11 games this year, losing only to the Cowboys, Seahawks, Lions and Cowboys again. Over the last six games, the Giants have gone 2-3-1 with losses to the Eagles, Vikings and Eagles again (and a tie with Washington).
In Sunday’s game against the Eagles, the Giants fell behind 16-0 at halftime. New York built a 16-6 lead in the second half but couldn’t come back in a 22-16 loss. Davis Webb threw for 168 yards and a TD, while Gary Brightwell had 60 rushing yards on 11 carries.
On the Vikings side, they sit at 9-2 overall after 11 games this year. Minnesota fell to the Eagles and Cowboys in that time. Over the last six games it was a 4-2 run for the Vikings with wins over the Jets, Colts, Giants and Bears.
Facing the Bears in the final week of the regular season, Minnesota outscored Chicago 16-6 in the first half. The Vikings posted 13 more points from there in a 29-13 victory. Kirk Cousins posted 225 passing 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 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. The Giants are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. the NFC. Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last five following a straight-up win.
THE PICK: I’ll probably still take Minnesota. This is a tough one, though; The Vikings have been playing by the skin of their proverbial teeth all season and it will likely be a pretty close game. The last time these teams met was a little while ago on December 24. Minnesota escaped with a deep 27-24 win at home despite scoring twice and holding New York to just 3 of 11 on third down conversions. . It will be another struggle, but I think the Vikings can get there.
As for New York, their backup team did a solid job against Philadelphia on Sunday. That will go a long way toward putting a fresh team on the field for this game and bodes well for the Giants. You can easily make a great case for a cover/profit in New York here. Should be a great game to watch.
Andrew’s free choice:
Minnesota Vikings -3.5