New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings is one of the more intriguing games on the NFL’s wildcard playoff round schedule.
Brian Daboll has turned the Giants into a quality team once again, snapping a several-year streak of missing out on postseason play. Meanwhile, the Vikings have their own first-year head coach in Kevin O’Connell, who will be eager to score his first playoff win.
The game is set to kick off at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday and can be seen on FOX.
Over at Underdog, there are ways to get in on the action by making fantasy picks for the Giants-Vikings game’s player over/under stats.
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My picks for Giants-Vikings
Let’s start with the Giants, specifically with QB Daniel Jones. In a Christmas Eve meeting between the Giants and Vikings in Minnesota (where Sunday’s game will be played), Jones had a big day, passing for 334 yards.
If the Giants are going to go into Minneapolis and win this time, Jones will need to have another big game through the air. I like his “higher” option on 240.5 passing yards.
To go with that, RB Saquon Barkley also played prominently in the receiving game against the Vikings on Christmas Eve, recording 8 catches on 10 targets for 49 yards. The Vikings did a good job of not letting Barkley get any big gains in the passing game, but Jones was clearly looking for his star running back often.
Considering the Vikings’ defense has been suspect all year long, I like Barkley’s “higher” option on 23.5 receiving yards.
On the Vikings’ side, let’s look at RB Dalvin Cook. The Giants have the No. 27 run defense in the NFL, allowing 144.2 yards per game to opponents on the ground. The league average is 121.6 yards per game.
Therefore, his over/under seems a bit low to me. Even though he only ran for 64 yards in the prior meeting, I like Cook’s “higher” option for 71.5 rushing yards.
How many picks should you make?
The more picks you string together, the higher the “multiplier” or payout. Of course, the more you string together, the less likely you are to win because all of the picks have to hit in order for you to win.
A 3-way parlay of the picks I listed above would pay out $60 on a $10 bet:
Can the Giants go to Minnesota and pull off the upset? They almost did it on Christmas Eve, so this game should be one of the more exciting games of the weekend. Get your bets in before Sunday!
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