Vikings Betting on Their Defense Being Too Much for the Giants

NFL Week 4 Giants vs. VikingsThere’s no better time to engage in online football betting than Monday Night Football. Just like Sunday Night Football, the NFL tries its best to schedule the most competitive games either in the Sunday Night, or Monday Night slot. This Monday, the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings will be facing off to provide Week 4’s thrilling MNF action. Coming into this game the Vikings find themselves atop the NFC North thanks to their faultless 3-0 record. Last week the Vikings demolished the Carolina Panthers 22-10 and in doing so established themselves as one of the best teams in the NFC. But unlike the Vikings, the Giants are coming into Monday’s matchup with their heads hanging low.

 Last Sunday, New York had a perfect opportunity to beat a division rival and put themselves in first place in the East. Unfortunately for the Giants, they failed to beat the Washington Redskins at home. Now the Vikings will be eager to create separation between them and the Packers – who are 2-1, while the Giants will be doing their best not to lose another game, so that they can still be in the playoff race. Let’s check the odds across the best football betting sites to see who is favored in Monday Night’s contest. 
 
Week 4 – Sunday the 2nd of October 
 
Giants +5 (-115)  43 (-110)  +185
Vikings -5 (-105) 43 (-110)  -215
 
Unsurprisingly, the online football betting odds are favoring the undefeated team. Looking over both team’s stats, it’s clear that this game will likely not be high scoring. Right now the Giants are only averaging 21 points per contest on offense, while the fearsome Minnesota defense is only allowing an average of 13.3 points per game. Offensively the Vikings are putting up 21.3 points per game, while New York’s defense is allowing 20.3 points per outing. The Vikings don’t win games by relying on their offense or trying to outscore their opponent. Rather, Minnesota knows the strength of their ball club is the defense and their philosophy usually equates to low-scoring games. With this in mind, picking under 43 for the totals line might not be a terrible idea. 
 
In the past the Vikings relied primarily on their running game to help them win football games, but this year Minnesota has struggled tremendously on the ground. Right now the Vikings running attack ranks dead last in the NFL with an average of 51 yards per game. The other aspects of their offense aren’t much better. The Vikings are 20th in points per game, 31st in total yards per game, and 28th in passing yards per game. With those kinds of numbers it’s obvious the Vikings defense has been carrying this team through the first three weeks. Defensively Minnesota ranks 3rd in points allowed per contest, 6th in total yards allowed, 9th in passing yards allowed, and 7th is rushing yards allowed per game. Those numbers are certainly an achievement and it’ll be interesting to see if the Giants can get anything done against this spine-chilling Minnesota defense. A common idiom in the NFL is ‘Defense wins Championships’ and if that holds true, then the Vikings should be an easy online football betting pick over New York.