Despite being just 2-2, the Vikings enter Week 5 with a +21 point differential, indicating that they have played good football through the opening month of the year. Losing a division game to a Chase Daniel-led Bears team stings, but at least it was on the road. Chicago was able to limit the Minnesota ground game to just 2.5 yards per carry, which has been the emphasis for their offense all year. Unable to run the ball, the Vikings threw it 36 times, 15 times more than they did through the first three contests per game. Kirk Cousins averaged just 6.5 yards per attempt, and was unable to throw a touchdown pass.
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Fortunately for Minnesota, the Giants are not the Bears on defense. New York is 16th in rush DVOA according to Football Outsiders, indicating that they are about a league-average defense. Chicago is third. The Giants have, however, been far better on offense since switching to Daniel Jones at quarterback.
With Jones: 28 points per game, 2.08 points per drive
With Eli Manning: 15.5 points per game, 1.43 points per drive
Getting up on the Vikings is definitely a recipe for success given their seemingly one-dimensional attack. If the Giants can continue to flourish under their rookie quarterback, they have a shot to not only compete and cover, but win outright in this spot.
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Vikings at Giants
Point Spread: Giants +5.5
Total Points: 44.5
Money Line: Giants +190; Vikings -220
Overall 2019: Vikings 2-2; Giants 2-2
ATS 2019: Vikings 2-2; Giants 2-2
O/U 2019: Vikings 1-3; Giants 2-2
Notable Prop Bets
Vikings Total Touchdowns - Over 2.5 -132, Under 2.5 +100
Giants Total Points - Over 19.5 -124, Under 19.5 -105
First Team to 25 Points - Vikings +110, Giants +335, +143
First Team to Score - Vikings -162, Giants +118
- The Vikings have won each of their last nine day games following a loss.
- The favorites have covered the spread in 14 of the Vikings’ last 15 games.
- Each of the Vikings’ last five road games have gone UNDER the total points line.
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