NFL WEEK 16 - VIKINGS vs SAINTS

The NFL will be in action on Christmas Day for the first time since 2017, with the Saints set to host the Vikings this Friday at 4:30. The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Minnesota has won 19 of 30 meetings against New Orleans over the years. The Vikings have won 2 of the past 3 meetings, including the Minneapolis Miracle from the 2017 postseason.

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints enter Week 16 riding a 2 game losing streak, with losses to Philadelphia and Kansas City. Prior to Week 14's loss, New Orleans had won 9 in a row, outscoring their opponents 259-147 over the span.

Minnesota has lost back to back games as well, losing 26-14 to Tampa Bay and 33-27 to Chicago. The Vikings had won 5 of their past 6 going into Week 14, including wins over the Packers, Lions, Bears, Panthers, and Jaguars.

On Christmas Day the New Orleans Saints are short favorites to win, with odds on Moneyline at -333 (Decimal Odd: 1.30), and a handicap-spread of 7 points. This means BETMGM are expecting the Saints to win by at least a touchdown.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS +265 | 3.65

The Vikings' playoff hopes have dwindled down to a 4% chance, according to ESPN. The 6-8 Vikings are now +15,000 to win the NFC and +25,000 to win the Super Bowl.

QB Kirk Cousins is having another great season with the Vikings. The 2x Pro Bowler has completed 67.6% of his passes for 3,569 yards, 29 TDs, and 13 interceptions. Cousins is averaging 8.2 yards per pass attempt and has rushed for 155 yards as well. Minnesota's defense hasn't played too great, averaging 378 yards and 27.7 points per game.

RB Dalvin Cook
Cook was voted onto the Pro Bowl for the 2nd time in his 4 year career. Dalvin is tied for the NFL lead of 15 rushing TDs and ranks 2nd with 1,484 yards. Cook also has 42 receptions for 349 yards and 1 TD.

WR Justin Jefferson 
The standout WR was selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl as a rookie. Jefferson has 7 TDs and ranks 8th in the NFL with 1,182 yards this season. Justin is averaging 16.2 yards per reception and has 353 yards after the catch as well.

WR Adam Thielen
The 2x Pro Bowler has had another amazing year with Minnesota. Thielen has 771 receiving yards and ranks 3rd in the NFL with 13 TDs. Adam also 166 yards after the catch and 48 first downs.

Injured Reserve
DE: Danielle Hunter, Kenny Willekes
LB: Anthony Barr
CB: Mike Hughes, Kris Boyd
S: Myles Dorn, George Iloka

RB Alexander Mattison, FB C.J. Ham, TE Kyle Rudolph, DT Armon Watts, DT Jaleel Johnson, DL Hercules Mata'afa, DE Jalyn Holmes, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, LB Eric Kendricks, LB Todd Davis, LB Troy Dye, and CB Cameron Dantzler are all questionable for Week 16.

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS -333 | 1.30

New Orleans has clinched a spot in the playoffs, leading the NFC South with a 10-4 record. The Saints are currently +280 to win the NFC and +800 to win the Super Bowl with BETMGM.

QB Drew Brees has been incredible for the Saints in his 20th NFL season. In 10 games, Brees has completed 70.5% of his passes for 2,430 yards, 21 TDs, and 4 interceptions. Drew is averaging 7.3 yards per pass attempt and has rushed for 2 TDs on the year. New Orleans defense has been among the league's best, averaging 306.4 yards and 21.2 points per game.

RB Alvin Kamara 
Kamara was selected to his 4th straight Pro Bowl after an incredible season with the Saints. Kamara leads New Orleans in both rushing and receiving, with 10 TDs and 777 yards on the ground and 5 TDs and 739 yards through the air.

RB Latavius Murray
The former Pro Bowler has been great for the Saints this season. Murray has rushed 584 yards and 4 TDs, averaging 41.7 yards per game. He also has 20 receptions for 152 yards and 1 TD.

WR Emmanuel Sanders
The 2x Pro Bowler has been solid in his 1st season with the Saints. In 12 games, Sanders has 48 receptions for 580 yards and 2 TDs. The Veteran has 27 first downs and is averaging 48.3 yards per game.

Injured Reserve
WR: Michael Thomas, Marquez Callaway, Bennie Fowler, Deonte Harris
DT: Jalen Dalton
DB: Johnson Bademosi, Justin Hardee
P: Blake Gillikin

COVID-19 Reserve
QB: Jameis Winston

WR Tre'Quan Smith, G Andrus Peat, G Nick Easton, DT Malcom Brown, DE Trey Hendrickson, DE Carl Granderson, and S Marcus Williams are all questionable for Week 16.

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