NFL Betting Tips: Patriots to beat Jacksonville and Minnesota to overcome Philadelphia

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2018

Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News.

Nick Foles will start against the Vikings in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Great. With the Super Bowl occurring in Minneapolis this year, there have been countless people claiming that the National Football League will end up screwing the Vikings because they either want more time for US Bank Stadium to prepare for the festivities (which is a moot point now that the Vikes are traveling to Philly for the NFC Championship) or that the National Football League (and city of Minneapolis) wants two teams from outside of Minnesota because of all the out-of-state money. The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship game by earning a first-round bye and then squeezing out an improbable 29-24 win over the Saints in the Divisional round.

Philadelphia last appeared in the conference title game following the 2008 season, when they lost to Kurt Warner's Arizona Cardinals. A five-yard run will be a big play in this game.

Like so many other stars, Robinson will be in street clothes Sunday, cheering on his teammates in hopes of getting a sideline pass to the Super Bowl. The Vikings allowed the fewest points (15.8 per game) and fewest yards (276 per game) during the regular season.

The Vikings and their fans have been through monumental heartbreak and misery at this level.

Brett Favre recently revealed that he played through concussion symptoms during the "09 NFC Championship that would later be overshadowed by the Saints" Bountygate scandal. The play before, the Vikings were flagged for having 12 players on the field. Kai Forbath has to be confident after kicking his first playoff field goals - including a clutch 53-yarder - in a 3-for-4 effort Sunday. Both have defenses that can clamp down on opposing offenses. Daunte Culpepper threw for 78 yards, three interceptions, fumbled and was sacked four times.

The running game is supposed to be the prop for Dallas and its strong offensive line, but too many times, Garrett and his coaching staff didn't trust Elliott's backups when he was out on a six-game suspension. Both teams were 13-3 during their regular season, and neither has won a Super Bowl. Philadephia are also out to prove that they can go all the way without their MVP calibre quarterback Carson Wentz, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in December's victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Atlanta drove down the field, scored and sent the game to overtime when Vikings coach Dennis Green chose to run out the clock at the end of regulation.

May the best defense reach the Super Bowl.

Older Vikings fans will never forget "The Drop". The Vikings have a great defense.

And not far from the shadow of U.S. Bank Stadium, site of the Super Bowl in two weeks, Day Block Brewing is hosting a game viewing with happy hour specials such as "purple reign shots".

One win is all it takes. The Vikings were 6 yards away from tying the game with 1:03 remaining.

Fran Tarkenton was forced to sit out with a broken fibula and thumb after he led the Vikings to wins in their three previous NFC Championships in 1973, 1974 and 1976. Dallas' defense tormented Minnesota from the start. I'm guessing at least four turnovers and Forbath connecting on something in the 50-yard range as the clock hits zero.

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