Vikings vs Saints : The Minnesota Vikings open their preseason with a trip to New Orleans on Friday and there’s plenty to watch for in our first look at the purple and gold in 2019.
2019 NFL Preseason Week 1
Team : Vikings vs Saints
Date : Friday, August 9
Start Time : 8:00 PM ET
For fans of the Minnesota Vikings and the rest of the NFL, the preseason is an exercise in patience. While owners charge full price for glorified scrimmages (and now joint practices that happen the week of the game), the players on the field have to go through and make it a meaningful contest as roster spots and starting positions are on the line from the second they step on the field.
For the Vikings, the beginning of that journey begins with a trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night, where they’ll get a glimpse at one of their biggest NFC rivals in the New Orleans Saints. Although Mike Zimmer and company probably won’t see much of Michael Thomas, Drew Brees, and Alvin Kamara, there’s still plenty of storylines to keep fans entertained.
While many will have their eyes fixed to how the offensive line stacks up in the first action in the Gary Kubiak/Kevin Stefanski regime, there will also be things to watch on the other side of the ball where the Vikings will look for their fourth safety and try to find some good mojo in the kicking game.
And he’s especially dialed in when it comes to the Saints. In his last 33 picks involving New Orleans, Hartstein has been right 22 times, an eye-popping 67 percent cash rate.
The 2019 NFL preseason Vikings vs Saints kicked off Week 1
with a thrilling Thursday night that saw 20 teams take the field for their first competitive matchup in over six months. Plenty of promise was flashed by the rookies making their professional debuts last night, including standout performances from both Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones, the first two quarterbacks off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft. The first week of exhibition action is far from over, however, as there are three more pro football games on the slate for Friday, including a nationally televised clash between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Steelers are currently two-point chalk for the evening’s marquee matchup on NFL Network, down a point from the opening mark of PIT -3 even though nearly 60% of all tickets are backing the home side. This betting line has primarily shifted because the bigger wagers are on the Bucs, evidenced by almost 75% of the cash wagered on this contest supporting the road underdog. The total has remained steady at 37 points, which is interesting considering approximately 70% of both the total betting slips and money are on the under.