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The good news for the New Orleans Saints is they finally get to play a team outside of their division. The bad news is itís against an opponent they havenít fared well against throughout their history and one that is expected to contend for an NFC North championship.

Oh, and itís being played thousands of miles away from home.



This will be the first time since Christmas 2020 the Saints will play the Vikings and the first time in four years they will play them anywhere other than the Superdome.

Minnesota leads the all-time series by a significant margin, but how have the Saints done recently? Letís dive into the history and find out.

Vikings have dominated series; Andy Dalton is 2-2 as a starter vs. Minnesota.


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Old 10-02-2022, 08:20 AM   #2
 
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TEAM TRENDS
SAINTS (1-2, only neutral-site game this season)

The Saints are ranked eighth in the NFL in overall offense (yards gained per game) and 22nd in points scored. They are 16th in rushing offense and eighth in passing. Ö The team is 12th in overall defense and 18th in points allowed. They are 26th against the run and fifth against the pass.

This is the Saintsí third international game, and both the previous two were played in London at Wembley Stadium. (This one is at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.) In the first one in 2008, Drew Brees passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and the Saints hung on to defeat the then-San Diego Chargers, 37-32. The second London game came in 2017, and while Brees passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins, it was the defense that shined in a 20-0 victory, which was the Saintsí first shutout win in 70 games.
This is the second time in three seasons New Orleans has opened a season 1-2. In 2020, they also lost two of their first three games Ė to Las Vegas and Green Bay Ė before winning 11 of their final 13 games to finish 12-4.
The Saints have won six of their past seven Week 4 games. It had been six in a row before they lost to the New York Giants, 27-21, in overtime last season. That loss to the Giants also marks the only October loss for the Saints since 2016. In fact, the team has won 18 of their last 19 games in the month and 22 of their last 24 dating back to 2015.
VIKINGS (2-1, only neutral-site game this season)

Minnesota is ranked 19th in the NFL in overall offense (yards gained per game) and 16th in points scored. They are 19th in rushing offense and 15th in passing. Ö They are 31st in the NFL in overall defense and 10th in points allowed. The Vikings are 24th against the run and 29th against the pass.
Like the Saints, the Vikings also are 2-0 in London games, having defeated Cleveland, 33-16, in 2017 and Pittsburgh, 34-27, in 2013.
Unlike the Saints, Week 4 has not been kind to Minnesota, as they have lost five of their past seven Week 4 games, including 2015 when they went 11-5 overall and 2017 when they finished 13-3. However, they also have been good in October, winning 14 of their past 20 games in the month.
LINE TREND: The lookahead line (before the season) in this game was Vikings -1, and it moved to -1.5 before the Week 3 games. It opened at Minnesota -3 early this week, dropped to -2.5 for a few days, and jumped all the way to -3.5 when it was announced Jameis Winston would not be available.

WEATHER FORECAST: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. High 64 and partly cloudy with almost no chance of rain and little wind.

SAINTS vs. VIKINGS SERIES
All-time: Vikings lead, 23-13, which includes five playoff games Ė four of which were won by Minnesota in 2020, 2018 (oh, donít go there), 2001 and the Saintsí first-ever playoff game on Jan. 3, 1988. The lone New Orleans playoff victory? Well, you know the answer: in the NFC championship game, 31-28, in overtime, on Jan. 24, 2010.

All-time in Minnesota: Vikings lead, 14-4 (Average score: Minnesota 29, New Orleans 17.)

All-time in New Orleans: Series tied at 9. (Average score: Minnesota 24, New Orleans 22.)

Trends: This, obviously, will be the first game between the teams on a neutral site. The Saints have won six of the past seven regular-season matchups, but they have lost both postseason games over that span. Six of the past seven games have been decided by six points or more, and the one that wasnít was a five-point spread.

NOTES
Despite the fact the Saints have won six of the past nine overall in the series, Minnesota won eight of nine before that from 1994 to 2008. They also have won at least four in a row against New Orleans four different times and six straight from 1970 to 1976.
This will only be the sixth time they have ever faced off in October. The Saints are 3-2 in previous games in the month, including their first-ever matchup on Oct. 13, 1968 at Tulane Stadium.
The highest-scoring game in the series came the last time they met Ė on Christmas Day 2020 in the Superdome Ė as Alvin Kamara set a team record by rushing for six touchdowns in a 52-33 Saints victory. He finished the day with 22 carries for 155 yards. He could have had a seventh score, but Taysom Hill got the call from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter.
QUARTERBACKS IN THE SERIES
KIRK COUSINS vs. Saints

Dec. 25, 2020: L, 52-33. 27-41, 291 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT.

Jan. 5, 2020 (wild-card game): W, 26-20 in OT. 19-31, 242 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT.

Oct. 28, 2018: L, 30-20. 31-41, 359 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT.

Nov. 19, 2017 (with Washington): L, 34-31 in OT. 22-32, 322 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT.

Nov. 15, 2015 (with Washington): W, 47-14. 20-25, 324 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT.

TOTAL: 2-3 record. 119-of-170 (.700 completion percentage), 1,538 yards (307.6 per game), 13 TD, 1 INT.

ANDY DALTON vs. Vikings

Jan. 9, 2022 (with Chicago): L, 31-17. 33-48, 325 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT.

Nov. 22, 2020 (with Dallas): W, 31-28. 22-32, 203 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT.

Dec. 17, 2017 (with Cincinnati): L, 34-7. 11-22, 113 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT.

Dec. 22, 2013 (with Cincinnati): W, 42-14. 27-38, 363 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT.

TOTAL: 2-2 record. 93-of-140 (.664 completion percentage), 1,004 yards (251 per game), 8 TD, 5 INT.
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FYI Ö Alvin Kamara is OUT today.
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Y'all ready for The World's Team, aka Da Saints, to represent today?
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Gonna be a rough one. Lots of players out on offense.
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