NFL Bettors Jumping on New Orleans to Move Saints-Vikings Line Early
In a rematch of last season’s thrilling NFC Divisional Playoff game, the Minnesota Vikings opened as 2.5-point home favorites against the New Orleans Saints.
Bettors immediately jumped on the underdog Saints, driving the line down to New Orleans +1.5 within a few minutes. The line remained there until early on Monday evening, when more Saints money hit the market and moved the Sunday Night Football matchup (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC) to a pick’ em.
Fifty-three percent of tickets have come in on the Saints as of writing (see live data here). However, those wagers account for 74% of total dollars wagered on the spread, helping explain the early line movement.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals concur, triggering a Reverse Line Move on New Orleans at +2.5.
Reverse line movement refers to situations in which a betting line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages, indicating big bets — likely from respected players — are responsible for moving a line.
In last season’s playoff matchup, the Vikings opened as 3.5-point favorites before closing at -5.5 behind only 39% of spread tickets.
As we all remember, Minnesota won the game, 29-24, following Stephon Diggs’ miracle touchdown reception from Case Keenum on the final play of the game.
This article was originally posted on ActionNetwork.com by PJ Walsh. Sports Insights is part of The Action Network.