Minnesota Vikings (+8) via NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (over 49¹ / ₂): It may prove to be relatively difficult for many observers to resist the siren chant of the cumulative statistics sheets of the saints that flow into this matter. Given their records, it is unfair on the surface that the Saints are forced to play on the wildcard weekend, but tiebreakers are tiebreakers, here they are.
Our lingering concern about these saints and it is a factor that we should always keep an eye on as these games are played by men rather than machines. In the off-season it looked to us when they said 7: 1. At that point, they made an epic no-show against their divisional counterpart Falcons in the Superdome and fell 26: 9 as a 13: 2-point chalk. It's a long season and that will happen.
They enter this duel after taking care of the superior Colts, Titans and Panthers with a total number of 114-45, which is largely based on spectacular pass numbers generated by Drew Brees, Michael Thomas & # 39; non-worldly recipient Skills and RB Alvin Kamara offensively balancing ground gain skills.
The Vikings didn't end well, losing three of their last five and going into the game – including Monday's game against Green Bay that RB Dalvin Cook missed with his shoulder injury. Cook will be back, however, to reaffirm the offensive balance that Minnesota desperately needs to solve difficult-to-solve problems for the defense.
Since the Vikings are not at home and competing against a side that they are clearly superior to, this is unlikely to be a walk in the park – but if the Saints show a significant amount of self-esteem (and Minnesota prudently plays within itself) Minimizing sales), this has a reasonable percentage chance of being competitive when we see Minnesota's best shot.
Given the environment and competition, Kirk Cousins will have no global expectations. In the meantime, the Saints only flipped the ball eight times a year. We could see a regression to the mean, right?
Seattle Seahawks (-1¹ / ₂) via PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (below 45¹ / ₂): Philadelphia might have rejected Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard, but that's the good news. Guard Brandon Brooks is out. Wideouts Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are out. Although TE Zach Ertz's ribs remain a cause for concern, he has been released to act. Ronald Darby drops out at secondary school, but CB Jalen Mills is likely. This list is why the market headed for the Seahawks from nowhere – that's the eternal grace the Seahawks show on the street and their (relative) health.
The visitors had RB health problems, but with the return of popular veteran Marshawn Lynch and the appearance of rookie Travis Homer, these circumstances were alleviated for the time being.
On the defensive, Jadeveon Clowney largely recovered from his core muscle injury and made important contributions against the 49ers in week 17. It is expected to be used here. Russell Wilson's remarkable mobility allows his front to maintain its primary priority: run-blocking, her long suit.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz increased his game when the games were most important. He has been instrumental in persuading Philly on this point, and he now has a chance of what his first playoff appearance in his career will be.
Speaking of Russell Wilson, he's long been the remarkable leader of these Seahawks and the proud owner of a 31-5 touchdown interception ratio this season. We also didn't mention coach Pete Carroll, who beat the Eagles 5-0 during his career at the Seahawks and won every competition with no less than eight points.
After the Hawks have lost their last two, they are sure to be constantly concentrated and will chew glass. Both teams are well positioned in the character department (perhaps the main reason the Eagles won their Super Bowl LII title), but after they were more fortunate and had more potential with the injury situation, we assume that the street will find their way home this sunday.