NFL playoffs Vegas expert picks and predictions: Eagles vs. Vikings
R.J. White, who nearly won the Las Vegas SuperContest, locks in his pick for the NFC Championship Game
The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings face off Sunday for the NFC Championship and trip to Super Bowl LII. The Vikings are favored by three points on the road after the line opened at 3.5. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 39, up a point from an open of 38.
Each team has a top 10 offense and top-four defense and each has a QB that started the season on the bench. So before you make any kind of pick on this matchup, you need to see who SportsLine stat geek R.J. White is backing.
The 2017 NFL season has been extremely profitable for those listening to White. He is currently SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert and finished in the top 1 percent of the Las Vegas SuperContest -- his second cash in three years in the world's most prestigious handicapping competition. That was no fluke, either. Two seasons ago, he finished in the top 2 percent. Anyone who has followed his advice has reaped big paydays.
Now, he has studied every angle of this battle between the top two seeds in the NFC and locked in his pick. He's only sharing it over at SportsLine.
These two teams are a combined 0-6 in Super Bowls, but either would be a worthy NFC representative. Philly went 13-3 and earned home field advantage, while Minnesota also went 13-3 as the No. 2 seed.
Case Keenum was installed as the Vikings' signal-caller when Sam Bradford went down after Week 1. Keenum played in 15 games in the regular season, going 12-3 while tossing 22 TDs against just seven INTs. He threw for over 300 yards against the Saints.
SportsLine's advanced projection model says Keenum will throw for over 200 yards and at least one score on Sunday against the Eagles. Divisional Round hero Stefon Diggs has the best chance of being on the receiving end of a TD.
Nick Foles, meanwhile, was inserted after Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14. Foles went 2-0 in the regular season, discounting a meaningless Week 17 loss in which most starters sat or were pulled early. He had a QB rating of over 100 last week against the Falcons when the Eagles' season was on the line.
SportsLine's model is calling for Foles to throw for almost 200 yards and one or two touchdowns against Minnesota's No. 2-ranked pass defense. Tight End Zach Ertz has the best chance of any Philly pass-catcher of finding the end zone.
The QB position is perceived as a bit of a wild card, but White intently studied each defensive unit to find an edge and create his pick against the spread.
Minnesota's defense ranks No. 1 in the NFL in yards allowed and points allowed (15.8 per game), while Philadelphia's D is No. 4 in yards and points (18.4) allowed. There doesn't appear to be a true weakness on either side.
It's no surprise White is leaning Under, but he has evaluated all of the circumstances and identified a strong statistical trend that has him confidently backing one side. Find out what it is, and who to back, over at SportsLine.
So who is White backing on Sunday? Visit SportsLine now to see who you should back and what statistical trend that nobody is talking about will determine the point-spread winner of Vikings-Eagles, all from the man who finished in the top one percent of the nation's top handicapping tournament.
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