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Minnesota vs. New Orleans Conference Championship Playoff Round Preview

NFL Betting – Superdome crowd look to spark Saints over Vikings

Super Bowl odds are giving the advantage in Sunday’s NFC championship game to New Orleans as Minnesota heads to the Superdome to face one of the few crowds in the NFL that may be louder than their own.


Vikings vs Saints odds – Sunday, January 24, 6:40 PM ET

The Vikings showed no mercy in a 34-3 rout over Dallas to finish their season at the Metrodome, putting up 17 points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Brett Favre decimated the Cowboys, going 15-of-24 for 234 yards and four touchdowns, three to Sidney Rice. This made up for another subpar game by Adrian Peterson, who had 26 carries for 63 yards. The Minnesota front four made life miserable for Tony Romo as the Vikings racked up six sacks, caused four fumbles and forced four turnovers in total.

Some sportsbook players thought New Orleans was finished after they struggled badly to the end the season. The Saints put all that to rest in a 45-14 blasting of Arizona, and this game was over by halftime as New Orleans had a 35-14 lead. Drew Brees was 23-of-32 for 247 yards and three scores for the Saints, while Reggie Bush may have had the best game of his NFL career, posting 217 all-purpose and a pair of touchdowns, including on an 83-yard punt return. The Saints were physical on defense, knocking Kurt Warner out of the game on two occasions.

US sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews) have the Saints as a 4-point favorite at home, where they are 7-2 this year, and the New Orleans fans have fully embraced this organization essentially since Hurricane Katrina hit. They’ll have history against them, as they’ve lost eight of their last 10 against the Vikings, including four in a row. However, Minnesota has to be careful of what happened in their dome last week. They got on the Cowboys, who got rattled once the crowd got into it. This could very well happen to them in New Orleans, where the fans have never won a conference championship. Favre is also a shaky 2-2 in conference-championship games, and he performed pretty badly in his last one in 2007 with Green Bay.

NFL Picks: Saints -4

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