NFL Bettors Jumping on New Orleans to Move Saints-Vikings Line Early

Oct 23, 2018 7:04 AM EDT
  • The Minnesota Vikings opened as 2.5-point home favorites against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC).
  • The Action Network's public betting data is reporting that early money has come in on New Orleans.

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.


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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.

Credit:

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Drew Brees

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OPEN
CURR
# BETS
HOU
WAS
43
+3
42
+3
CIN
BAL
43.5
-4.5
44
-5.5
PIT
JAC
47.5
+6
46.5
+5
CAR
DET
50.5
+3
49.5
+4.5
DAL
ATL
47.5
-4.5
50
-3
TEN
IND
48
-3
51
-1
TB
NYG
52
PK
53
-3
OAK
ARI
41
-4
41
-5
DEN
LAC
47
-7.5
46.5
-7
PHI
NO
54.5
-9
56
-7.5
MIN
CHI
45.5
-2.5
44
-2.5
KC
LA
63.5
-1
63
-3.5