Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints: Game Preview and Pre-Game Open Thread

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SERIES

 

VIKINGS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

18-7

STREAKS (Reg. Season)

Past 4 overall & Past 3 on the road

COACHES VS. OPP.

Childress: 1-1

Payton: 1-1

LAST GAME

10/6/08: Vikings 30 at Saints 27.  Minnesota K Ryan Longwell converts 30-yard FG with 13 seconds remaining to seal win.  Vikings WR Bernard Berrian has 110 rec. yards & 1 TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/6/08

BROADCAST

NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 125 (Min.), 126 (NO).  XM: 124 (WW1), 102 (Min.), 103 (NO).

2009 STATS

PASSING

Favre: 363-531-4,202-33 (T2L)-7-107.2 (2L)

Brees: 363-514-4,388 (3C)-34 (1L)-11-109.6 (1L)

RUSHING

Peterson: 314-1,383 (2C)-4.4-18 (1L)

P. Thomas: 147-793-5.4-6

RECEIVING

Harvin: 60-790-13.2-6

Colston: 70-1,074-15.3-9 (T3C)

OFFENSE

379.6 (3C)

403.8 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

+6

+11 (3L)

DEFENSE

305.5 (2C)

357.8

SACKS

Allen: 14.5 (1C)

Smith: 13 (2C)

INTs

Griffin: 4

Porter: 4

PUNTING

Kluwe: 43.9

Morstead: 43.6

KICKING

Longwell: 132 (3L) (54/55 PAT; 26/28 FG)

Hartley: 37 (10/11 PAT; 9/11 FG)

 

NOTES

REMATCH of 2009 NFC Championship Game...

VIKINGS:  Celebrate team's 50th season.  Averaged 29.4 points per game last year, 2nd most in NFL (NO, 31.9)...Pro Bowl QB BRETT FAVRE needs 3 TD passes to become first ever w/ 500.  Had career-high 107.2 rating in 2009...All Star RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 1,383 yards & 18 TDs last year, joining HOFers EARL CAMPBELL & BARRY SANDERS as only players with 1,300+ yards & 10+ rush TDs in each of 1st 3 years.  His 18 rush TDs led NFL & were franchise record for season.  Had 122 yards & 3 rush TDs in NFC Champ...WR-KR PERCY HARVIN was named AP Off. Rookie of Year.  Set team record with 2,081 combined yards & 2 KR-TDs. TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE was 2nd among TEs last year with 11 rec. TDs...Team ranked 2nd in NFC in total (305.5) & rush defense (87.1).  All Star DE JARED ALLEN had 14.5 sacks last year & is only player in NFL with 14.5+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons...

SAINTS Won 1st Super Bowl in franchise history last year.  Led NFL with 510 points, 9th most in single season in NFL history.  Topped NFL in total offense (403.8).  Had team-record 13 wins...Pro Bowl QB DREW BREES set NFL record with 70.62 comp. pct. (363 of 514).  Led NFL with career-high & franchise-record 109.6 rating.  Had 4,388 yards, 4th 4,000-yard season in row.  Tied own club record with 34 TDs.  Was named MVP of SB XLIV...RB PIERRE THOMAS led club in 2009 with career-best 793 rush yards.  RB REGGIE BUSH is only player in team history to score TD via rush, rec. & PR...WR MARQUES COLSTON led club with 70 catches & 1,074 yards, his 3rd 1,000-yard season.  Tied WR ROBERT MEACHEM for team lead with 9 rec. TDs.  WR DEVERY HENDERSON averages 19.7 yards per catch in career...CB TRACEY PORTER had INT & FF in NFC Champ.  All Star LB JONATHAN VILMA led club in 2009 with 130 tackles.  Pro Bowl S ROMAN HARPER had career-best 127 tackles, 2nd most on team.

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