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- The Minnesota Vikings-Philadelphia Eagles matchup (4:25 p.m. ET) had no line movement throughout the week up until Sunday morning.
- The Eagles, whose line of -3 had been heavily juiced, finally moved to -3.5 shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET.
- This finally gives bettors waiting to take Minnesota plus the hook a chance to take the Vikings.
In one of the most highly anticipated games of the week, the Minnesota Vikings head to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in an NFC championship game rematch.
Neither team will be sporting the same quarterback it started in Philadelphia’s 38-7 trouncing this past January, but many of the core pieces remain.
As of noon ET Sunday, this is the second-most heavily bet game of the weekend behind the Rams-Seahawks affair. Despite all of the action, however, the line had yet to budge off of PHI -3 all week.
Philly’s juice moved to -120 by Monday and stayed in that range — or higher — all week, forcing every Eagles bettor to lay a large price. Meanwhile, books were seemingly refusing to give bettors the chance to take the Vikings plus the hook.
The juice on Philly was apparently worth the squeeze … or whatever that quote is from “The Girl Next Door” — one of the more philosophical movies of my generation. Enough action came in on the Eagles, who are getting 46% of bets as of writing (see live data here), that oddsmakers were finally forced to move the line off of the key number of 3 on Sunday morning.
Pinnacle had one of the craziest lines I’ve ever seen for a few minutes before they moved to 3.5: Min +3 (+121), PHI -3 (-138).
Philly’s support has risen from 42% on Saturday night to 46% on Sunday morning, but this line move will surely attract more bets on Minnesota.
Buyback on the Vikings could even make this move a short-lived one, as movement back down to 3 isn’t out of the question.