Vikings vs. Saints NFC Wild Card: Where the sharps are putting money

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - AUGUST 09: Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts during the first half of a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on August 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - AUGUST 09: Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts during the first half of a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on August 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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Starting Sunday, only nine games remain in the NFL season. The NFL Playoffs last a month, but in terms of game volume, there are very few opportunities for bettors to make money. Sharps haven’t been letting any chances go to waste, though, hopping on lines early and hitting them throughout the week. Heck, even buying back lines that they inflated themselves.

Here’s how they did just that with Sunday’s Vikings-Saints game.

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints

1:05 p.m. ET | FOX

We all remember the Minneapolis Miracle, don’t we? I certainly do, as I bet on the Saints moneyline (which lost in heartbreaking fashion) instead of the spread at +5.5, which would have actually still cashed.

Well, here we have a playoff rematch between the two potent offenses, this time in the Saints’ home dome.

The spread has been hovering around the fairly inconsequential number of eight all week, with Minnesota getting some sharp action, but not enough to keep the number down at +7.5 or move it to the key number of +7.

The over/under has seen some decisive sharp action, though — on both sides.

For much of the week, both Pros & Joes were on the over. Basically all of the activity before Thursday was on the over, as it was receiving more than 80% of the bets and 90% of the money. With that said, it wasn’t too surprising to see the number rise from the opener of 47 all the way up to 50.

Sharps like playing the numbers game, though. Once a line reaches a certain point, there’s always going to be opportunities for buyback — which is just what happened here.

A Steam Move and Reverse Line Move both hit under 50 on Friday afternoon, which makes perfect sense given the importance of the numbers 50, 49 and 47 in NFL over/under betting.

The over is still seeing 79% of the tickets, but this line appears to have settled in at 49.5, as it’s remained there over the past 36 hours since the buyback hit.

  • Early Sharp Angle: Over (moved from 47 to 50)
  • Sharp Buyback: Under (moved from 50 to 49.5)