NFL betting odds will have the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings favored in the playoffs.
Both teams get byes in the first round and they will both play at home the following NFL betting odds week against the Wild Card winners. NFL lines have New Orleans as the #1 seed in the NFC while Minnesota is #2.
NFL betting odds had Minnesota routing the New York Giants in their regular season finale while New Orleans rested starters and lost their last game at Carolina. The Vikings were very impressive at home against the Giants in NFL betting odds. Brett Favre threw for 316 yards and four TDs as the Vikings finished the regular season undefeated at home. Favre became the first QB to throw for 30 or more TDs with seven or less interceptions in a single NFL betting odds year. He finished with 4,202 passing yards for the NFL betting odds season. The 12 wins for Minnesota tied for second most in Vikings history.
Minnesota needed Philadelphia to lose at Dallas in their regular season NFL lines finale to get the #2 seed and that is exactly what happened. The Eagles were never in the Dallas game so Minnesota was rewarded for their NFL betting odds win over New York.
Minnesota is a dangerous team at home in NFL betting odds. They can spread other teams out and attack them in a number of ways. Sidney Rice has turned into one of the best receivers in the game and Minnesota still has Adrian Peterson. At home the Vikings were perfect straight up this season. It is the first time they went unbeaten at home since 1998 when they went 15-1 overall.
The Saints are the #1 seed and will be favored in NFL betting odds. New Orleans has lost three straight though so they are no longer invincible in NFL lines. They rested almost everyone this past week in an NFL lines loss to Carolina. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton had no incentive to play his starters in NFL betting odds and he didn’t. The NFL is even considering giving teams incentives to play their starters in meaningless games late in the season. "The idea of getting a draft pick and having your quarterback not healthy for a divisional playoff game doesn’t sound real appealing to me," Payton said. The key for New Orleans is how they will respond in NFL betting odds in two weeks when it matters again. "The key now is to get ourselves mentally and physically refreshed and ready." Payton said.