Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Prediction, 10/2/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 4
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England
TV: NFL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Saints (-1.5)
The Minnesota Vikings (2-1) are traveling to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday where they will play the New Orleans Saints (1-2). Minnesota opens this game as 1.5-point dogs. The over/under is 46.5.
The Minnesota Vikings head into this matchup 2-1 for this season. In their last contest, the Vikings played the Lions and took home the win by a score of 28-24. Kirk Cousins finished 24/41 with 260 yards through the air and 2 TDs. He had a QB rate of 93.5 and finished the contest with no interceptions. Dalvin Cook led the offense in rushing for the Vikings with 17 attempts for 96 yds (5.6 yards per carry). K.J. Osborn averaged 14.6 yds per catch by earning 73 yds on 5 catches. The Minnesota Vikings ran the football 25 different times and recorded 123 yards, which came out to an average of 4.9 yards per attempt. When the final whistle blew, they ran 67 plays for 373 yds. Minnesota allowed 25 completions on 41 tries for 277 yds, and a completion percentage of 61.0%. On the ground, the Vikings gave up 139 yds on 35 tries, which averages out to 4.0 yds per run allowed.
Concerning getting in the endzone, the Minnesota Vikings have an average of 19.3 points per outing. As a unit they have an average of 103.7 yards on the ground ranking them 19th in the NFL. The Vikings have attained 1,032 total yards over the course of this year. Minnesota has recorded 44 first downs offensively, and they have been called for 11 infractions for 60 yds. They have turned the football over 4 times (3 picks and 1 fumble). With reference to getting the ball in the endzone, Minnesota has earned 5 touchdowns via the pass and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Regarding yards through the air, the Vikings have allowed 827 yards which puts them in 29th in the National Football League. They have allowed 275.7 yards per contest through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 69.4%. During this campaign, they have yielded 413.3 yards per game which ranks them 30th in the league. They have surrendered 2 touchdowns by air as well as 5 touchdowns via the ground game. They are giving up 4.7 yards per rushing attempt and 137.7 rushing yards per contest this season. During this campaign, they have conceded 413 rushing yards through 3 games. The Vikings are ranked 9th in the National Football League in relation to team defense, allowing 18.3 PPG.
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The Saints come into this game with a record of 1-2 for this year. In their last contest, the Saints took a defeat with a final score of 22-14 against the Panthers. Alvin Kamara carried the rock 15 times for 61 yds, ending the game with 4.1 yds per carry for New Orleans. Chris Olave was a featured target for the Saints, grabbing 9 footballs for 147 yards (16.3 yards per reception). Jameis Winston (1 TD) walked away from the game with 353 yds on 25/41 passing while his QB rating was 76.6. He tossed 2 interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.6 yds. New Orleans allowed 31 running attempts for 145 yards (4.7 yards per rush). The Saints pass defense allowed a completion rate of 48.0%, relinquishing 148 yds on 12 out of 25 through the air. The Saints finished the game with 426 yards and they ran 64 plays (6.7 yds per play). New Orleans rushed the ball for 3.8 yards per attempt, finishing the game with 84 yds on 22 attempts.
The New Orleans Saints maintain an average of 373.0 yards/contest which has them ranked 8th out of all teams in the NFL. They maintain an average of 111.7 yards per game on the ground and have run for 335 yards for the season. The New Orleans offense has totaled 217 yds of penalties on 24 violations, which has them sitting 3rd in the NFL in terms of giving up free yards. They have given away 5 picks while letting opponents recover 4 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 35 first downs. During the season so far, the Saints currently have a total of 784 yards via the pass along with an average of 261.3 throwing yards per outing, which ranks 8th in the league. Concerning their ability to score points, the Saints currently rank 23rd out of all teams in the NFL with an average of 17.0 points per game.
The Saints are relinquishing 22.7 points per game, which has them sitting 19th of all teams in the NFL. They have allowed 2 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 183.7 yards/game, which has them sitting 5th in the league. Overall, they have allowed 68 total points. New Orleans has surrendered a total of 418 yards on the ground (139.3 yards per outing) and 2 touchdowns via the rush this season. The Saints defense taken the field for 195 plays, which is 19th in the league. Their defense has earned 3 takeaways (3 fumbles recovered and 0 interceptions) so far this season.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Saints NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Saints -1.5
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