It’s been a while since the opening game of the season at Minnesota happened between the new Orleans Saints and the Vikings. The game, which saw the Vikings getting the upper hand in a 29-19 victory, seems to be a little bit irrelevant today as the two teams again face off at the U.S. Bank Stadium.
They are completely different teams now, and this Sunday clash that starts at 4:40 pm ET on Fox and Fox Sports Go, has plenty of the line. For one, both the teams need to win to get to a NFC Championship berth and we are sure that this game would be a lot more competitive than what we saw before.
Saints vs Vikings: Game Preview
We expect the match to be a lot closer. Case Keenum will now lead the Viking side, with Sam Bradford being sidelined due to a knee injury. It might be remembered that it was Bradford in the first game at Minnesota who made a lot of difference, connecting early and repeatedly. On the other hand, we see an improved defense and strategy from the New Orleans’ side.
However, given everything, we still think the Vikings will have an upper hand in the game. The Minnesota Vikings have had a great year, and under the captaincy of quarterback Case Keenum, they have been able to score 23 or more points in each of its home games. Case Keenum, on his own, has been able to make 22 touchdown passes and has completed as many as 67 percent of his attempts.
The Saints have had a rough season, an unpredictable one at that. After losing out the first game against the Vikings, they did fare well for a few games, but has again struggled in the last few weeks. In a recent match in week 17 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints allowed them as many as 31 points. The Saints did manage to hold on to a win against the Carolina Panthers, which was a wild card round, but it was more of scraping through with a 31-26 win.
For the Saints, they have had four players who were able to hit the 100 receiving yards in the past couple of weeks, and gave up 300-yard performances to quarterbacks in each of the contest they played. It doesn’t seem to be enough if you are looking for a side who wants to beat the Vikings, who have just lost one lone game this year, a 14-7 defeat against the Detroit Lions.
We know that people and analysts like making predictions when it comes to a game between the Saints and Vikings, and we thought about making a few of our own. We would love if Mark Ingram gets over 100 rushing yards – and we sure want to put our bets behind it!
We also expect Case Keenum to be able to throw in for under 200 passing years, and get two INTs.
No matter how things pan out, we sure have one great match this Sunday to look forward to!