Football betting handicappers and fans will have a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game to handicap and two of the top football gambling favorites for 2010.
Sports-Gambling.com opened with the New Orleans Saints as a 5-point favorite and a total of 48. Kickoff is at 8:35 PM Eastern.
The Minnesota Vikings are still smarting from their 31-28 loss at New Orleans last year in the NFC Championship Game as 4-point road dogs. Minnesota felt that they were the better team and that they gave the game and Super Bowl berth away to the Saints because of sloppy play and turnovers.
Minnesota also believes that New Orleans came after quarterback Brett Favre too hard and pounded him with too many unnecessary hits that were beyond the rules. Favre’s ankle injury that he suffered in the game nearly forced him into retirement and he is still not fully recovered.
Anthony Hargrove and Bobby McCray were both fined by the NFL for hits on Favre.
“I understand a quarterback’s going to get hit,” said Minnesota coach Brad Childress. “It’s football. I don’t have any illusions about that. What I hate to see are the late hits or attempts to hurt anybody. I don’t think there’s a place for that in the game.”
Favre has not been critical of New Orleans and how they played stating its part of the game.
The Saints have tried to tighten up their defense and has 3 new starters as they are expected to maintain aggressive play that emphasizes turnovers.
Although Minnesota has covered just 8 out of their last 20 games with the football odds as an underdog they did get the money in 4 out of their last 6 in that role with 4 of those games also going over the total.
New Orleans has struggled as a favorite recently as they went just 3-8 with the odds NFL in their last 11 games as a chalk. Just 4 of those 11 games went over the total.
Minnesota has covered the spread in 5 consecutive football betting matchups with the Saints including their last 4 trips to the Super Dome. Just 1 out of the last 10 meetings between these two teams has gone under the total.