Another conference game awaits us in Week 16 of the NFL on Saturday, December 24, so make sure you read the best Giants vs. Vikings betting pick and odds.
New York is searching for a win that would bring them closer to the playoffs when they visit Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings are 3-point favorites on PointsBet NY while the total is set at 47.5 points. These NFC rivals haven’t met since 2019.
Giants returned to winning ways in D.C.
The New York Giants (8-5-1, 10-4-0 ATS) went through a tough period of four games without a win, but they returned to winning ways against the divisional foes Washington Commanders on the road. The Giants bounced back from a devastating 48-22 defeat to the Eagles with a 20-12 victory in D.C. in what turned out to be their best defensive display of the season. Kayvon Thibodeaux had a fumble return for a touchdown as New York forced a couple of turnovers and committed none on the other end.
Daniel Jones completed 21 of 32 passes for 160 yards. Saquon Barkley scored the only offensive touchdown for the Giants as he led the team with 87 rushing yards on 18 carries. Richie James and Isaiah Hodgins combined for 79 receiving yards on eight catches, but New York couldn’t get its pass offense going. On defense, the Giants recorded three sacks opposite Washington’s zero, while Kayvon Thibodeaux had a game-high 12 tackles.
WR Sterling Shepard (ACL), CB Aaron Robinson (knee), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), and DT Nick Williams (biceps) are out indefinitely. CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee) and G Shane Lemieux (toe) are questionable to feature on Saturday against Minnesota.
Vikings made history in a comeback win over Indianapolis
The Minnesota Vikings (11-3-0, 6-7-1 ATS) wrote history as they completed the biggest comeback in NFL history after coming back from a 33-point deficit at halftime to edge the Indianapolis Colts in overtime. Minnesota allowed just three points in the second half and scored 36 in return to force OT, and then Greg Joseph scored a game-winning FG with three seconds remaining to secure a 39-36 historic victory. The Vikings did make three turnovers opposite the Colts’ one, but they were better on offense with 518-341 in total yards and 32-20 in first downs.
Kirk Cousins completed 34 of 54 passes for career-high 460 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. K.J. Osborn registered a career-high 157 yards and a touchdown on ten receptions; Justin Jefferson added 123 yards and a TD on 12 catches, while Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen contributed a touchdown apiece and combined for 136 yards on seven receptions. C.J. Ham scored the only rushing TD for the Vikings, while Cook had a game-high 95 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, Eric Kendricks and Harrison Phillips worked together for 22 tackles.
C Garrett Bradbury (back) and DE Patrick Jones II (illness) are questionable to play on Saturday against the Giants on Saturday.
2-8 ATS in the last ten games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game
3-6 ATS in the last nine games against Minnesota
3-1-1 ATS in the last five games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game
4-1 ATS in the last five games vs. a team with a winning record
New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick
Minnesota has a top 10 offense that scores 25.1 points per game opposite New York’s which averages 20.5 ppg. Although the Giants have a stronger defense, the Vikings scored 23+ points in each of their last four games, and I am backing them to do it again on Saturday.
Minnesota is very bad (the second-worst in the NFL) when it comes to pass defense as it allows 278.8 yards per game, but luckily for the hosts, the Giants are not good at passing, averaging only 179.0 ypg. That said, I believe the Vikes are going to have an easier job on defense against the team that scored more than 20 points only once in the last five games.
Pick: Take the Vikings at -2.5 (-149)
The Vikings’ games have been quite high-scoring of late as each of their previous four produced 49+ points. The Giants are not a bad team defensively, but it’s going to be hard to contain such offensive stars as Cousins, Jefferson, Thielen, and Cook, and I’d be surprised if the hosts fail to score 25+ points here.
Over is 4-0 in the Vikings’ last four games overall; Over is 6-1 in Minnesota’s previous seven home games, while Over is 22-7 in the Vikings’ last 29 games following an ATS loss. New York knows that the only way to beat Minnesota is in a low-scoring affair, which is not happening on Saturday.
Pick: Go Over 46.5 points (-130)