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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-3) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-11)

SERIES

SAINTS

VIKINGS

SERIES LEADER

18-8

STREAKS

4 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 2-1

Frazier: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 22-17 at Titans

L 34-28 at Lions

LAST GAME

9/9/10: Vikings 9 at Saints 14. New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas scores decisive points on 1-yard TD run in 3rd quarter as Saints win rematch of 2009 NFC Championship Game.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/25/05: Vikings 33, Saints 16. Minnesota QB Daunte Culpepper passes for 300 yards & 3 TDs, 2 to WR Travis Taylor, as Vikings race to 24-0 lead en route to victory.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Mark Champion, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 92 (NO), 106 (Min.). XM: 230 (Min.).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 385-543-4,368 (1L)-32 (3L)-11-105.9 (3L)

Ponder (R): 132-237-1,637-11-11-73.4

RUSHING

Ingram (R): 122-474-3.9-5

Peterson: 186-872-4.7-11 (3L)

RECEIVING

Graham (TE): 80 (1C)-1,101-13.8-8

Harvin: 69-779-11.3-5

OFFENSE

447.8 (1L)

336.8

TAKE/GIVE

-2

-6

DEFENSE

378.3

350.2

SACKS

Harper, Smith: 6.5

J. Allen: 17.5 (1L)

INTs

P. Robinson: 2

Sanford: 2

PUNTING

Morstead: 47.7 (2C)

Kluwe: 45.4

KICKING

Kasay: 123 (45/45 PAT; 26/31 FG)

Longwell: 80 (32/32 PAT; 16/20 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS: Have won 5 in row...QB DREW BREES leads NFL with 4,368 yards, most pass yards ever in 1st 13 games of season. Has 10 300-yard pass games, tied for most in season. Has 20+ comp. in NFL-record 33 games in row. Has TD pass in 40 consecutive games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Has won past 2 vs. Min. (incl. NFC Champ), completing 44 of 67 (65.7 pct.) for 434 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.7 rating...RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES is only player in NFL with 2+ rush TDs (2), 2+ rec. TDs (4) & ret. TD. RB PIERRE THOMAS has 3 TDs in past 2 meetings (incl. playoffs)...TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs in receptions (80) & yards (1,101). Is 1st TE in team history with 1,000-yard season. WR DEVERY HENDERSON aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with TD (incl. playoffs). WR MARQUES COLSTON had 105 yards & 2 TDs last week. WR LANCE MOORE has 5 TDs in past 6. WR ROBERT MEACHEM has 22 career rec. TDs & 15 have gone for 25+ yards...Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 16 sacks, most by DB. In past 2 vs. Min. (incl. NFC Champ), LB JONATHAN VILMA has 2 INTs, FF & FR...

VIKINGS: Rookie QB CHRISTIAN PONDER has 5 pass TDs in past 2. QB JOE WEBB rushed for 109 yards last week, including 65-yard TD, longest by QB in team history...RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 122 yards & 3 TDs in NFC Champ. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads all players with 6,654 rush yards & 63 rush TDs. Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 & aims for 7th in row with TD. In 35 career home games, has rushed for 3,710 yards (106 per game) & 34 TDs. RB TOBY GERHART had TD catch last week...WR-KR PERCY HARVIN aims for 5th in row with TD. In past 4, has 32 catches for 393 yards (98.3 per game) & 5 TDs. Is only player in NFL with rush, rec. & return TD in each of past 2 seasons. TE VISANTHESHIANCOE aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with TD catch...DE JARED ALLEN had 3 sacks last week. Has 27.5 sacks in past 22, incl. 16 in past 11. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 100.5 sacks. DT KEVIN WILLIAMS has sack in 3 of past 4.