Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Prediction, 12/25/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 16
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -6.5
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (10-4) host the Minnesota Vikings (6-8) at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday, December 25, 2020. Minnesota opens this contest as 6.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 53.
The Minnesota Vikings come into this game with a record of 6-8 for this year. In their last contest they faced the Chicago Bears and took the loss by a score of 33-27. Kirk Cousins went 24/35 with 271 yards through the air and threw 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. Dalvin Cook paced the team on the ground during the game. He tore off a long run of 20 yards and he added 1 TD in the game. He rushed for a total of 132 yards on 24 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Justin Jefferson was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 104 yards on 8 receptions. He earned an average of 13.0 yards per reception during the game. The Minnesota Vikings ended up running the ball 28 times and added 158 yards giving them an average of 5.6 yards per carry. Overall, they ran 66 plays which added up to 407 yards. In the game, the Vikings racked up 26 first downs and they totaled 1 infraction for 5 yards. In terms of defense, Minnesota allowed 15 catches on 21 throws for a total of 198 yards, and a completion percentage of 71.0%. On the ground, the Vikings allowed 199 yards on 42 attempts which means they had an average of 4.7 yards per carry allowed. For the game, they conceded a total of 397 yards and earned 1 takeaway.
In terms of scoring, the Minnesota Vikings are sitting at 25.7 points per game. As a team they're maintaining an average of 147.7 yards in the run game which ranks them 5th in the NFL. The Vikings have tallied 5,420 total yards for this campaign. In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, Minnesota has earned 29 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns. The Vikings sit in 25th in the league concerning the opposition scoring, allowing 27.7 points per game. They are allowing 4.3 yards per attempt on the ground and 125.6 rushing yards per contest for the season. For the year, they have allowed 1,758 rushing yards through 14 games. In terms of yards through the air, the Vikings have surrendered 3,534 yards which puts them in 24th in the NFL. Over the course of their 14 games, they are conceding 252.4 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 65.8%. In total, they are surrendering 378.0 yards per game putting them at 23rd in the league.
The Saints step onto the field holding a record of 10-4 this year. In their last outing they took on the Kansas City Chiefs and were defeated 32-29. Alvin Kamara paced the team on the ground in the game. He tore off a long run of 11 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 54 yards via 11 carries which meant he was running for 4.9 yards per run. Emmanuel Sanders was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 76 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 19.0 yards per reception in the game. Drew Brees went 15/34 with 234 yards passing and tossed 3 touchdowns. He tossed 1 interception during the game. The New Orleans Saints ended up rushing 17 times and earned a total of 60 yards which earned them an average of 3.5 yards per carry. On the day, the Saints racked up a total of 15 first downs and they had 10 penalties for 93 yards. In all, they ran 52 plays which gave them a total of 285 yards. When discussing the defense, New Orleans allowed 26 catches on 47 throws for a total of 232 yards, and a completion percentage of 55.0%. In the game, they gave up a total of 411 yards and forced 1 turnover. Against the run, the Saints allowed 179 yards on 41 tries which is an average of 4.4 yards per run allowed.
For the season so far, the Saints have a total of 3,248 yards through the air along with an average of 232.0 throwing yards per contest, ranking them 21st in football. The New Orleans Saints average 363.8 yards per game which is good for 16th out of all teams in the NFL. They average 131.8 run yards per game and have rushed for 1,845 yards in total. When looking at their scoring prowess, the Saints are ranked 9th out of all teams in the league averaging 28.4 points per game. The Saints rank 6th in the NFL when it comes to team defense, allowing 21.2 points per game. They are allowing an average of 3.8 yards per run and 95.6 rushing yards per game for the year. Overall, they have given up 1,338 yards on the ground through 14 outings. When talking about passing yards, the Saints have given up 2,952 yards which ranks them 5th in the league. Over the course of their 14 games played, they have allowed 210.9 yards per contest via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 60.1%. Over the course of this year, they are giving up 306.4 yards per game putting them 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Saints NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Vikings +6.5
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