Giants vs. Vikings: Best bets for this NFL wild card playoff contest

Minnesota tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) and the Vikings will face New York in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday, three weeks after beating the Giants at home.

Just three weeks after their Christmas Eve game, the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings will meet in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings beat the Giants, 27-24, at home on a last-second 61-yard field goal by Greg Joseph. That game, New York was 4.5 points under the favorites.

In this Sunday’s wild card matchup, which begins at 4:30 p.m. from Minneapolis, the six-seeded Giants are 3-point dogs for the No. 3-seeded Vikings.

New York is in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and only the second time since 2011, when they beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

This marks the first time Minnesota has returned to the postseason since 2019.

In what could be one of the closest and highest-scoring games of Super Wild Card Weekend, FrontPageBets takes a look at the top three bets for this NFC postseason clash.

(Odds courtesy of DraftKings and subject to change)

Vikings -3 (-110)

Let’s get this straight first: the Giants are the best in the NFL 13-4 against the spread; and in 12 of 17 games they have been the underdog. To see also : Falcons cheerleaders holding virtual auditions, registration ends June 18th.

However, in three of the four games that ATS lost, the difference was 3 points or less.

The Vikings are 7-9-1 against the spread and 6-5-1 as favorites.

What is the difference? Venue advantage.

Minnesota is 8-1 at home this season and 6-3 against the spread.

The Giants are rested, sitting their starters last week in the season finale, but the Vikings have the offensive talent across the board to cover.

Over 48 total team points (-110)

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Over 48 total team points (-110)

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The Giants averaged 21.5 points per game during the regular season, while the Vikings were in the top 10 in scoring at 24.9 points per game.

In their last five games, New York has scored 24 per outing and Minnesota has averaged 27.

At home, the Vikings are scoring 29.6 per game.

Giants QB Daniel Jones over 1.5 TD passes (+100)

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New York quarterback Daniel Jones has five multi-touchdown games this season, including throwing two TDs against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago, which was his last regular season start. This may interest you : Fairmont Cruises 31-7 in opener over rival Alter.

After sitting out last week to rest for the playoffs, Jones enters Sunday’s game with 15 total touchdown passes, including at least one in seven of his last eight starts.

Against the Vikings three weeks ago, Jones threw for 335 yards. While he only threw one TD that game, he completed 71.4% of his passes.

As one of the top four rushing teams in the NFL, the Giants will need to be able to throw the ball effectively to keep up with the Vikings’ powerful offense, which New York can do against a second-to-last defense. against the pass this season.

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Photos: NFL teams, players, fans pay tribute to Damar Hamlin

Fans stand to take pictures next to a sign supporting Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin outside Highmark Stadium before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, January 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic on-field collapse in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Fans sign a banner with messages of support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin outside Highmark Stadium before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard. Park, New York. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic accident. field collapse in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Players and staff wear jerseys in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during practices before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at Orchard Park. , NY. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic collapse on the field in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) warms up in a Damar Hamlin jersey in support of the Buffalo Bills safety before the NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, January 8, 2023. , in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

A patch showing support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is seen on a Bills jersey before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, center, walks down the field during practice as players wear the number 3 in support of safety Damar Hamlin during practice before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at Orchard Park, USA. N.Y. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic collapse on the field in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

A fan holds a sign honoring injured Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Photo AP/Joshua A. Bickel)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signs autographs for fans on his number 3 banners in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, on Sunday, January 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic collapse on the field in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

A fan holds a sign in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) during practice before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic on-field collapse in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

A monitor displays Love for Damar in honor of injured Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones (25) kneels in prayer for the safety of Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard. Park, New York. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic accident on the collapsing field in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

A medical professional holds up a heart and three fingers per hand in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at Orchard Park. , New York (AP Photo/Jeffrey T .Barnes)

“Love for Damar 3” is displayed in honor of injured Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium before an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders wear armbands honoring injured Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Sunday, May 8. January 2023. (AP Photo/ Jeff Dean)

The Cincinnati Bengals show their support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

Fans hold signs in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at Orchard Park. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic collapse on the field in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Bills cornerback Siran Neal (33) holds a flag in support of teammate Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at Orchard Park. , New York (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Fans hold signs in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex )

Fans show their support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) with signs and costumes during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic collapse on the field in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Fans show their support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) with signs and costumes during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic collapse on the field in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

A fan holds a sign honoring Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith wears a jersey honoring Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin as he works out before an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, January 8. of 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts gather on the field before their NFL football game in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin on Sunday, January 8, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Buffalo Bills fans hold up three fingers in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

A spectator holds a sign honoring Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Philadelphia. . (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

“Love for Damar 3” is displayed in honor of injured Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, May 8. January 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

A video screen at Levi’s Stadium displays a message for Damar Hamlin during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, January 8, 2023. (Photo AP/Jed Jacobsohn)

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) stands on the sidelines during a timeout in support of injured Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, on Sunday, January 8, 2023. The Steelers won 28-14. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)

A fan holds a sign in a show of support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers in Denver, Sunday, May 8. January 2023. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The number 3 is outlined in Buffalo Bills red for safety Damar Hamlin on the field at Acrisure Stadium after an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko)

A fan holds a sign paying tribute to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin before the start of an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Green Bay, Wisconsin (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A stadium video monitor displays a message honoring injured Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, January 7, 2023. , in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Miami Dolphins mascot TD holds a sign reading “Love for 3 Hamlin Strong” in support of Buffalo Bill safety Damar Hamlin on the sideline before an NFL football game against the New York Jets , on Sunday, January 8, 2023, in Miami Gardens. Florida (AP Photo/Doug Murray)

Mike Szvetitz is the General Manager and Director of Content for FrontPageBets.com. Szvetitz is a 22-year veteran reporter and editor, including 17 years as a sports editor in Florida, Alabama and Virginia, covering everything from high school to pro. His “View From The Lazy Boy” column won multiple state and national awards. He can be reached at mszvetitz@timesdispatch.com.

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