Who else bets on Wild Card Weekend games just for the upsets? If you started to smile when reading that question then there are two games you need to keep an eye on this wild card weekend.
Straight-Up Moneyline Upset Alerts NFL Wild Card Weekend
Minnesota Vikings +315 at New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints fell to the third seed in the NFC Playoffs after San Francisco beat Seattle on Sunday night. It means the Saints must play during Wildcard Weekend. The good news for the Saints? They host the playoff game versus the Minnesota Vikings.
But the Saints aren’t a lock. The point-spread assumes they are. After the Seahawks fell to the 49ers, oddsmakers made New Orleans a -9 ½ favorite over the Vikings. 2 points, 46-48, separated the Saints and the top-seed in the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers. It made sense why oddsmakers are so bullish on N’Awlins.
There are a couple of things working against the home fave and for the road dog, though. First, the Saints must get past the disappointment of not grabbing one of the first two seeds in the NFC. Second, defensive backs Eli Apple, Marcus Williams, and Vonn Bell are banged up. Also, Sheldon Rankings and Marcus Davenport are on I-R.
The Vikings rested their starters in Week 17. They knew they were the 6-seed no matter what happened in the final regular-season week. It means Dalvin Cook, Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs, and Adam Thielen are ready to roll. Minnesota ranked 6th in points allowed per. Opponents averaged 341.6 yards a game against the Vikings’ defense. Minnesota can upset New Orleans on the moneyline this Sunday.
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles +105
This is a question of a hot team facing an icy opponent. Philadelphia heads into this wildcard matchup en fuego. The Eagles are on a 4-game winning streak. During the streak, Carson Wentz has rocked it. He threw for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 15. Versus Dallas, Wentz tossed a TD and threw for 319 yards. Then in a must-win game in Week 17, he torched Washington with 289 yards and a touchdown.
The Seahawks lost 3 of their final 4 games. The 21-26 loss to San Francisco in Week 17 makes sense. The 49ers are one of the best teams in the NFL. But what happened in Week 16? How do the Seahawks only score 13 in a home game versus Arizona? Next Sunday, the Eagles bounce the Seahawks.