Vikings Could Play Without Diggs, Thielen. SB Odds In Jeopardy

  • The Minnesota Vikings are the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs.
  • Stefon Diggs had a career-high 1,130 receiving yards in 2019.
  • Adam Theilen finished the 2019 season with only 418 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings are only one week removed from their stunning 26-20 Wild Card round upset of the New Orleans Saints. They’ll need to have another flawless performance if they’re going to make it to the NFC Championship game as they’ll have to take on the No. 1 seed San Francisco 49ers.

The Vikings are only a few days away from their NFC Divisional Round matchup and although they should be very confident after their victory over the Saints, the injuries are beginning to pile up.

Injury Status For Diggs And Thielen

Minnesota went into practice Thursday with injury concerns plaguing their top wide receivers in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

Diggs was battling the flu and had not practiced all week until Thursday’s session. According to Diggs, the Vikings receiver stated “even if I was 30%, I’d be out there.”

With Diggs set to play against the 49ers, he’ll be looking to bounce back from his two-reception, 19-yard game against the Saints and build on his career year. Diggs led the Vikings in receiving this year with 1,130 yards and he’ll be needed opposite of Thielen to keep the Vikings offense unpredictable.

It’s a different story for Adam Thielen, as he was healthy going into the week but was added to the injury report Wednesday after he and a defensive back got tangled up in practice.

Thielen ended up getting a cut on his ankle that required stitches and did not practice Thursday. The Vikings had to list the sixth-year receiver as questionable for the divisional round game and his status will be something to monitor heading into the weekend.

Thielen has been battling injuries all season, as he missed five games this season with a hamstring injury. However, last week during the Saints game, he caught seven passes for 129 yards, including a 43-yard catch to set the Vikings up just shy of the goal line in overtime.

Betting On The Vikings-49ers Game

Playing without Diggs or Thielen would certainly not help Kirk Cousins, the Vikings Super Bowl odds (+1200), or their NFC Championship odds (+600) as they’re already considered longshots.

The Vikings will need both receivers on the field to give themselves a shot at upsetting the 49ers who are 7-point favorites over Minnesota and have a 6-2 record at Levi’s Stadium this season.

It seems like both wide receivers will play and that makes placing a bet on the Vikings Saturday a little bit easier. If betting on the Vikings this weekend, keep in mind that they will have little room for error but their NFC Championship odds could provide a good return should they pull off the upset.

Kick-off for this game is set to for 4:35 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted by NBC.

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