The Minnesota Vikings (+900 to win the NFC) lost to the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 of the 2019 NFL regular season. Several months later, the two teams will meet again, albeit in a preseason matchup. Will the Vikings get some measure of revenge with a victory? Or will the Saints (+500) emerge victorious in their 2019 preseason debut?
Betting Preview for the Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints NFL Preseason Week 1 Game on August 9, 2019
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
When: Friday, August 9, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on Minnesota Vikings (0-0)
The Vikings fell short of expectations in 2018, but maybe, this season will be the fulfillment of the promise of their talented roster. Kirk Cousins remains their quarterback, while Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen form a two-headed monster downfield. One question for the Vikings’ offense is who will emerge as the No. 3 receiver? That could be answered in these preseason games, though, it seems that second-year wideout Chad Beebe has the edge. Beebee is going to need to put up solid performances in these preseason games to keep former Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor or rookies Dillon Mitchell and Olabis Johnson from swooping the job away. Still on offense, the Vikings are going to debut their first-round pick in this year’s draft, center Garret Bradbury together with second-rounder tight end Irv Smith.
The Vikings are 5-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 preseason games.
Betting on New Orleans Saints (0-0)
The Saints are still bitter over their controversial loss to the Los Angeles Rams in last season’s NFC Championship Game. But the truth is that they will have to get over it at some point. Their upcoming preseason game against Minnesota will not make them forget about that, but it will give them a window to their immediate future. The Saints are also looking to move on from the retirement of Max Unger, who leaves a big void in the center slot. New Orleans used a second-round pick to get Erik McCoy, who is now projected as Unger’s replacement as starter. McCoy will have his hands full this Friday, as he’ll be tested in his first real competitive game in the NFL. New Orleans added more youth to their secondary by selecting a pair of safeties in this year’s draft, namely Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Saquan Hampton.
The Saints are 3-1 ATS in their last four preseason games.
Saints win, 27-21.
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