Saints-Vikings Preview Capsule
NEW ORLEANS (5-1) at MINNESOTA (4-2-1)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, NBC
OPENING LINE — Vikings by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 4-2, Minnesota 4-2-1
SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 22-11
LAST MEETING — Vikings beat Saints 29-24 in NFC divisional playoff game, Jan. 14, 2018
LAST WEEK — Saints beat Ravens 24-23; Vikings beat Jets 37-17
AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 4, Vikings No. 5
SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (16), PASS (6).
SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (1), PASS (28).
VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (27), PASS (7).
VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (5), PASS (16).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Vikings have 14-3 all-time record in Minnesota against Saints, including win in playoffs last season on last-second 61-yard TD reception by Stefon Diggs. Vikings also beat Saints 29-19 in 2017 opener. ... Saints QB Drew Brees became fourth player in NFL history last week in win at Baltimore with 500 career TD passes, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady. ... In last four games against Vikings, Brees has nine TDs, no interceptions, average of 308 passing yards and 120.7 passer rating. ... Brees leads league with 77.3 completion percentage and 121.6 passer rating, with no interceptions and 13 TDs in 220 attempts. ... Saints RB Alvin Kamara is one of two players in league, next to Giants RB Saquon Barkley, with at least 350 rushing and receiving yards. ... Saints WR Michael Thomas, who had two TD catches against Vikings in playoffs last season, is third in league with 53 receptions. He leads NFL in catch percentage (91.4). ... CB Eli Apple, acquired in trade with Giants, joins struggling pass coverage that has allowed 13 TDs with only two interceptions. ... Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has seven TDs and no interceptions with average of 323 passing yards in two career games against Saints, both with Washington. ... Cousins is fifth in league with 70.0 completion percentage. ... Vikings WR Adam Thielen leads NFL with 67 catches, on pace to break Marvin Harrison's all-time record, and 822 receiving yards. With 100-yard game against Saints, Thielen would tie Calvin Johnson with league record eighth straight. ... Diggs has 13 catches, 230 yards and three TDs in two career games against Saints. ... Vikings DE Danielle Hunter tied with Rams DT Aaron Donald for league lead with eight sacks. ... Fantasy tip: Since returning from suspension, Saints RB Mark Ingram has 28 rushing attempts and five passing targets. Kamara has 23 rushing attempts and five passing targets in those two games.
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