Vikings vs Saints Week 4 Betting: Can Winston Lead New Orleans to an Upset in London?

Devon Platana

Time has been flying by as we’re already approaching Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season. Another slate of exciting matchups is right around the corner, including an NFC showdown on Sunday between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

However, this isn’t any ordinary game. Instead, this meeting will be taking place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.

Things looked grim for the Vikings in Week 3 before a fourth-quarter comeback helped them defeat the Detroit Lions, 28-24. It wasn’t all good news for Minnesota, though, as starting running back Dalvin Cook dislocated his shoulder in the victory, making him day-to-day going forward.

Meanwhile, the Saints have now dropped back-to-back losses following their 22-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers. There wasn’t too much for New Orleans fans to cheer about aside from rookie wideout Chris Olave turning nine receptions into 147 yards.

Betting News has gathered the latest Vikings vs Saints odds from FanDuel Sportsbook to help shed some light on the situation, along with a prediction and best bets for the NFL Week 4 game.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Week 4 Matchup Information and Betting Odds

Matchup Information

  • Matchup: Minnesota Vikings (2-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (1-2)
  • Venue & Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London, England)
  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Vikings vs Saints Info: NFL Network

Vikings vs Saints Odds

Game odds are via FanDuel as of Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 8:04 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.

Spread

  • Minnesota Vikings -2.5 (-110)
  • New Orleans Saints +2.5 (-110)

Over/Under

  • Over 43 (-110)
  • Under 43 (-110)

Moneyline

  • Minnesota Vikings -142
  • New Orleans Saints +120

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 1-4 straight up in its last five road games against New Orleans.
  • New Orleans is 5-0 straight up in its last five games against the NFC North.
  • Minnesota is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games played in October.
  • New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in its last six games.
  • The total has hit the over in eight of Minnesota’s last 11 games.
  • The total has hit the over in nine of New Orleans’ last 13 games against Minnesota.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Prediction and Picks

Vikings vs Saints Prediction: Vikings 23, Saints 19

Vikings vs Saints Picks: Vikings -2.5 (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel) & Under 43 Points (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel)

Whenever an NFL game takes place in London, it can be tough to predict. The atmosphere is different, players are dealing with the time change and there’s no telling what’ll happen on a field that traditionally isn’t used for American football.

Having said that, it’s still hard to trust the Saints this week. While losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is acceptable, there’s no excuse for how bad New Orleans looked at times against Carolina last week.

For starters, the Saints didn’t score a single point on the Panthers until the fourth quarter. That strategy won’t work against a Vikings team that has playmakers like Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and, potentially, Cook.

Even if Minnesota’s lead rusher doesn’t play, Alexander Mattison is one of the best backup RBs in the league and won’t miss a beat.

The Saints have also been turnover prone this season. They currently lead the NFL with nine turnovers through three games, composed of five interceptions thrown by Jameis Winston and four fumbles lost by other players.

Fortunately for the Vikings, they’re tied for the 12th-most takeaways this season with four thus far. The play can be sloppy in London at times and Minnesota’s defense needs to be ready to take advantage of New Orleans’ mistake-prone offense when possible.

Three of the Saints’ top receivers — Tre’Quan Smith, Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry — are all question for Sunday’s game. Those statuses could change as the week goes on, but missing any of these players would hurt an aerial offense that’s averaging the eighth-most passing yards (261.3) in the league.

At the end of the day, the Saints still have a lot to prove for bettors to trust them. A loss to the Panthers did anything but that, while the Vikings have already scored wins over solid teams like the Lions and Green Bay Packers.

I do expect this to be a back-and-forth game due to the unpredictability that London games bring. Having said that, the Vikings should be able to cover the 2.5-point spread as long as the Saints struggle with turnovers and generating offense at the right time.

I’m also siding with the under on the total. Again, overseas contests can bring unpredictable results and with how banged up both rosters potentially are, I could see this game ending up with a lower final score.

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Devon Platana
Devon Platana