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Vikings at Eagles Odds, Picks, Live Score 2018 NFC Championship
Eagles vs Vikings NFC Championship Preview
Posted as middling preseason Super Bowl LII pups – Minnesota and Philadelphia are now the cream of the crop and will take center stage during the NFC title match. A lot of things happen to the Eagles and Vikings, during their crazy 2017 NFL regular season runs, and both teams deserve to be playing in the NFC Championship showdown. Lots of intrigue, including QB Case Keenum facing QB Nick Foles and two stout defenses duelling, will play out under the brightest NFC playoff lights.
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Opening at 1-1, Philadelphia went on a 9-0 tear prior to closing with a 3-2 mark. Call the cops! We feel robbed. Though a little late, we jumped on the Eagles (+800) NFC Championship money line prior to Week 6 and their (+850) Super Bowl LII price before Week 7. Cruising along confidently, our futures bets took a hit when the Eagles lost QB Carson Wentz for the season in Week 14. Philadelphia has won three straight led by Foles but we are far from confident in their future.
Enjoying an equally sharp season, despite losing stud RB Dalvin Cook and QB Sam Bradford early, Minnesota stumbled to a 2-2 start before closing their campaign on a 11-1 roll. Sensing the Vikings were building a special season, we jumped on the Vikings prior to Week 9 when their NFC title line was (+1000) at Bet365. Seemingly on a mission, including becoming the first team to host and play in a Super Bowl, the Vikings Divisional playoff win was a minor miracle that puts us in a good spot.
Weather Update: Partly cloudy and 43°F / 6°C night time conditions is a slight Vikings edge.
Moneyline: Vikings -160 ML @ SportsInteraction
Supporting their money line backers, way more often than not, Philadelphia is now 14-3 straight up after defeating Atlanta 15-10 in their Divisional playoff fight. While most of the damage was done with Carson Wentz at the helm, the Eagles won eight of their 14 games by at least eight points and outscored their opponents by a 472-305 combined count. Philadelphia has been tough at The Linc as they are 8-1 with a meaningless 6-0 loss to Dallas during Week 17 as the lone defeat.
Money line bettor’s were also regularly rewarded backing Minnesota during the 2017 NFL campaign as the Vikings have sailed to a 14-3 straight up record. That includes their miraculous 29-24 Hail Mary playoff win against the New Orleans Saints. With backup QB Case Keenum capably managing the offense, defense has led the way as Minnesota owns a 411-276 scoring advantage this season. The Vikings lost in Pittsburgh (26-9) and Carolina (31-24) to finish with a 6-2 SU road record.
Point Spread: Vikings – 3 (EVEN) ATS @ Bet635
Favorites in seven of their nine home games – Philadelphia has posted a 6-3 record against the spread. The Eagles failed to cover as -5 point chalk during a 27-24 Week 3 win over the New York Giants and their 19-10 Week 16 win vs the Oakland Raiders as -10 point favorites. The other loss was as -3.5 home pups when Philadelphia sent out third-stringers versus the Cowboys in their season finale. Philly pummelled visiting teams by a 244-117 final margin in games at The Linc.
Largely solid, no matter the H/V dynamic, Minnesota was 8-3 against the spread as visitors this year. Perhaps a “let’s get it together” moment, the Vikings took a long look in the mirror after they lost 26-9 in Pittsburgh during their first game with Case Keenum guiding the ship in Week 2. Posted as -3.5 road favorites, Minnesota won 20-17 but did not cover at Chicago in Week 5 and as -2.5 chalk at Carolina in Week 14. The Vikings were visiting favorites in six of their eight road matches.
Totals: UNDER 39 (-105) O/U @ Bodog
Despite being high flying on offense, for most of the season while Wentz was chucking the pigskin, Philadelphia fixtures have been tagged with a low 42.52 average game total through 18 matches. Despite missing the mark by eight points or more eleven times, bookmakers were sharp overall on Philly fights as they had a 26.2 to 16.9 final count – only 0.63 off their season average Over/Under line. The number jumped to 44.1 over nine home games but just three of those exceeded the total.
Minnesota signalled their defense was going to a be a force early as they contained the high scoring New Orleans Saints during their 29-19 Week 1 win. A cue for linemakers, Minnesota’s 18 games to date have averaged just 40.3 PPG on Over/Under prop boards. Against the number on the road, which averaged 42.25 PPG, Vikings game totals are split 4-4 O/U. Including their 29-24 playoff win vs the Saints, Minnesota’s last four contests have averaged a rather miniscule 35.7 points per match.
NFL 2018 NFC Championship Game Prediction
Though like choosing between chocolate bars, they are all sweet, the Vikings vs Eagles duel is the more anticipated NFL Conference Final. Philadelphia is back in the NFC title game for the first time since 2009 when they lost 32-25 to the Cardinals in Arizona. Minnesota’s last NFC Championship game was in 2010 as they dropped a heartbreaking 31-28 OT decision to the Saints in the Bayou. The Eagles claimed the NFC title in 2005 while Minnesota has not held the crown since 1977.
Stud defences on both sides, plus two green pivots, make this tussle tough to call. Coaching and penalties will come into play. While they both deserve respect, we like MIN HC Mike Zimmer (40-25) and his Crew slightly more than PHI HC Doug Pederson (21-12) and his staff. Minnesota (104 PEN – 979 YDS) has been more disciplined than Philadelphia (120 PEN – 986 YDS) in the penalty department. The Vikings had three takeaways vs New Orleans – the Eagles had zero vs Atlanta.
Closing Thoughts & Bottom Line: As is the case in the Patriots vs Jaguars match, weather will not be a factor and that is a slight Vikings advantage. Lincoln Financial Field is a big Philly edge. The Eagles allowing their visitors just 29 total points (7.25 PPG) during their last four home contests is a concern for bettor’s considering a Vikings and OVER parlay wager. Preferring Keenum more than Foles, plus the Vikings defense, we’re backing Minnesota ATS, SU and UNDER. Canadian lottery kiosks don’t sell NFC title game single bets – they’re readily available at these online bookmakers.
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