NFC Championship Game: Vikings vs Eagles Predictions
The NFC Championship game features two very dominant teams in the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles. They both have had incredible seasons and will be very excited to face off for the right to go to the super bowl. They will kick off next Sunday at 6:40 pm and the game will be televised on FOX. The game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and it should be an instant classic. The winner of this game will face the winner of the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and the Jaguars. As we look forward to Sunday we will cover everything you need to know to make Vikings vs Eagles predictions.
The Eagles are going to be very excited. After the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round, players embraced the underdog role. They even wore dog masks after the game when celebrating the victory. They should keep those masks handy, because they are underdogs once again at home against the Vikings in the NFC Championship game.
Any expert NFL handicapper that is attempting to make Vikings vs Eagles predictions realizes that it always starts with the point spread. The Vikings opened up as (-3) point favorites at many of the top ranked online sports betting sites. Since being released the line has seen some movement and is now as low as (-3.5) with some small juice at (-105) at many of the sportsbooks that dropped the number down to three points. This line move was due to several reasons to include the NFC Championship game public betting track.
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NFC Championship Game Consensus
It is still early in the week, but the point spread has had a slight move towards the Vikings going from (-3) to (-3.5) and the end of the Vikings win over the Saints had something to do with that. The ending of that game was so improbable and unlikely that it excited not only Vikings fans, but people who like to bet on football. The overall consensus is not that strong.
Early betting results overall on this game show that the Vikings are only getting 52 percent of the betting action. This is very small and usually does not cause a line move. This would suggest that the line move, albeit slight, is due to the amount of money that is being placed on this game. In the early betting the Vikings are attracting more money.
Vikings vs Eagles Betting Trends
Many handicappers will base their Vikings vs Eagles predictions on football betting trends. Betting trends should be used, but never as a standalone product. The betting trends for the NFC Championship game do show many interesting betting angles that should be considered for both teams. Some are good and some are bad.
The Vikings are very successful against the spread (ATS) as they are 42-18 ATS in the last 60 games overall. They are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 games after a win and they are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game. They have covered in five of the last six games on the road, but are just 2-5 ATS in the last seven playoff games on the road. This team is just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Philadelphia.
The Eagles are also successful of late as they are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 games overall. They are 6-2 ATS in the last eight games that they have played at home and they have covered 11 of the last 15 games that they have played against a team from the NFC. They do struggle in certain areas however as they are 0-4 ATS in the last four games following a win and they are 1-4 ATS in the last five playoff games that they have played. The Eagles will be happy to see that the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams.
Vikings vs Eagles Predictions
This is a battle between two teams that are playing with great defenses and backup quarterbacks. Both fan bases were optimistic about the season. Now they are both just one game away from playing in the Super Bowl.
A win would be especially rewarding for the Vikings. Since the Super Bowl is held in Minnesota this season they would be the only team to ever play the Super Bowl on their home field. Minnesota is led by a ferocious defense that many call the best in the NFL. They rank statistically high in nearly every key category.
On offense things could be tough for the Vikings. They will be going up against an Eagles unit that is ranked first against the run and fourth in points allowed. Case Keenum will have to have a great game to beat this defense. The Vikings as a whole will have will have to quickly recover from the excitement of the last second win over the Saints and prepare for this game.
Underdogs so far in the NFL playoffs are 6-1-1 ATS depending on what line you had in the Saints/Vikings game. This is because this has been one of the most exciting NFL post seasons that we have seen in quite some time.
And the Winner is…..
The Eagles have been embracing the role of underdog ever since they lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz. They have managed to get this far behind a stable offense and an incredible defense. In a lot of ways these teams are very similar.
The Eagles will launch a ground attack led by Jay Ajayi. Then lean on Nick Foles to make passes when he needs to. The Eagles will also have the home field edge which will be key since they will be facing a dome team. The excitable Philly crowd will be ready to support their team.
In what will be a closely contested game that could once again comes down to the last play of the game, look for the Eagles to win with a last second field goal and advance to the Super Bowl!