Last Updated Dec 24, 2022, 1:01 PM

New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings Picks, Predictions, Odds

Week 16 of the NFL season will resume on Saturday afternoon with a compelling NFC showdown between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. Coverage begins from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.


The Vikings are having one of the most perplexing seasons in recent memory, and it seems like every time we start to think this run can’t get any crazier, they immediately one-up themselves with a wild turn of events. 

But none more so than last week, as the Vikings went to halftime of their previous affair trailing the Colts by a score of 33-0, and against all odds, Kirk Cousins and co. rallied from behind to force overtime and escape with a ridiculous 39-36 victory, marking the largest comeback in NFL history.

The Vikings boast an impressive record of 11-3 on the season. But still, the success of this Minnesota squad is considered a bit misleading due to their defensive shortcomings and lackluster point-differential.

However, nothing was ever more misleading than the Giants’ stunning 7-2 start to this season. The Giants’ defense isn’t very good. They currently rank 26th in the league in total yardage and 28th in yards allowed per play.

But somehow, the G-Men escaped with wins in seven-of-nine contests out of the gate, despite averaging less than 21 PPG on the offensive side of the ball across that window.

The cat is finally out of the bag now, though, as the Giants come tumbling down the homestretch on a 2-4-1 skid, highlighted by their defense surrendering 27+ points in over half of those contests (4).

The Vikings have taken a bunch of heat for their handful of wins by slim one-score margins. However, several factors have gone into the equation throughout Minnesota’s 11-3 run. And despite all the criticism, seven of their 11 wins have still come by margins of 4+ points. So, I’ll back Minnesota to cover here.

Score Prediction: Vikings 27, Giants 17
Best Bet: Vikings -4 (-110)


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Date: Saturday, December 24, 2022
Matchup: NFC East vs. NFC North
Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Time-TV: FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET


The NFC East drew matchups against the entire AFC South and NFC North divisions this season, which has been a cakewalk for these squads outside of Minnesota and surprisingly, Detroit as of late.

The overall weakness of the NFC East’s schedule has been well-documented in conversations surrounding Philly and Dallas. However, it seems like the bottom-half of the division has somewhat skated by with their minor overachievements without much thought.

Personally, though, New York still seems a bit overrated to me, with the Giants currently hovering 2.5 games above the .500-mark, despite coming away winless in five of their last seven outings. 

So now, top shelf NFC squads like the Vikings are only laying four points against them down the stretch. Which is a bit jarring after seeing the G-Men get tagged as four-point underdogs on the road in Washington last week.

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The Vikings are 6-3 ATS in their last nine matchups against the Giants. (Getty)


The Vikings’ offense has scored 351 points so far this season, and their defense has allowed 349 points. But somehow, Minnesota’s incredibly slim +2 point differential has blossomed into a 11-3 campaign. So, we’re probably looking at a scenario where the league’s 28th ranked defense is going to earn the second seed in the NFC.

Fortunately, though, the Giants come to town this week, who enter Week 16 following scoring outputs of 20 points or less in four of their last five games. And their defense has completely fallen off the wagon recently too, highlighted by the G-Men surrendering a lofty average of 27.8 PPG across their latest stretch.

The Vikings may be a bit fraudulent in terms of their 11-3 record. But their offense is undeniably legit, and they’ve scored 23+ points in 11-of-13 matchups this season. So, I expect them to cruise past this Giants squad that’s fallen short of the 23-point mark in five straight contests.


  • The Giants are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
  • The Giants are 3-6 ATS in their last nine games against Minnesota.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Minnesota's last six games.
  • The Vikings are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of Minnesota's last five games against the Giants.
  • The Vikings are 8-1 SU in their last nine home games.
  • The Giants are 2-7 SU in their last nine games against Minnesota.
  • The Giants are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
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