Vikings at Saints

Week 1

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Thursday, September 9, 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Weather: Indoors
Opening Line: Saints -4.5, 51.5
Current Line: Saints -5.5, 48

Last Meeting: In New Orleans on January 24, 2010 (Saints 31, Vikings 28, OT)

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ATS: Against the Spread

New Orleans Saints

Saints are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1.
Saints are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Saints are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf.
Vikings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 1.
Vikings are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. NFC.
Vikings are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Analysis: Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings travel to New Orleans on Thursday to take on the defending Super Bowl Champions in a rematch from January’s NFC Championship game. The Vikings are looking for revenge, but keep in mind that wide receiver Sidney Rice is expected to miss the first half of the season after undergoing hip surgery this summer, meaning veteran Bernard Berrian will have to step up and play like a legitimate outside vertical threat if the Vikings end up in a shootout with the high-powered Saints.

The Vikings may be 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 1, but remember that Favre was only asked to throw 48 total passes over the first two weeks of 2009, as head coach Brad Childress wanted to slowly work the aging veteran back to playing shape. Unfortunately for Minnesota, they won’t have that luxury against a New Orleans offense that averaged 31.8 points per game at home last season.

The matchup to watch in the first game of the year will be Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees against a Minnesota secondary that has a lot of question marks to open the season. If Brees gets adequate protection up front, the Super Bowl MVP could be in for a big night.

Prediction: The Superdome will be rocking as the defending champs look to get their 2010 season off on the right foot. Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota front four will help keep the Vikings in this one, but Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans passing attack will be too much to overcome.

Pick: Saints -5.5

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