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Saints vs. Vikings Preview and Matchup History

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A quick look at the history between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings as well as a preview of the their upcoming matchup in the Superdome this Sunday.

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Adam Bettcher

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-2)

SERIES

VIKINGS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

18-9

STREAKS

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Zimmer: 0-0

Payton: 3-1

LAST WEEK

L 30-7 vs. Patriots

L 26-24 at Browns

LAST GAME

12/18/11: Saints 42 at Vikings 20. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completes 32 of 40 passes for 412 yards & 5 TDs (149.2 rating). Saints WR Lance Moore has 2 receiving TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/9/10: Saints 14, Vikings 9. Drew Brees throws for 237 yards, including 29-yard TD to WR Devery Henderson. Saints WR Marques Colston has 5 rec. for 62 yards.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Chris Myers, Rondé Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.), 112 (NO). XM: 226 (NO.).

STATS

PASSING

Cassel: 36-61-372-3-4-65.7

Brees: 56-82-570-3-2-90.0

RUSHING

Patterson (WR): 3-102-34.0-1

Ingram: 24-143-6.0-3 (1L)

RECEIVING

Patterson: 7-82-11.7-0

J. Graham (TE): 18 (T1L)-200-11.1-2 (T3C)

OFFENSE

286.0

434.5 (3L)

TAKE/GIVE

-2

-3

DEFENSE

305.0

446.0

SACKS

Griffen, T. Johnson: 2

Galette, Walker: 1

INTs

Robinson, H. Smith: 1 (T3C)

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PUNTING

Locke: 46.5

Morstead: 43.9

KICKING

Walsh: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/3 FG)

S. Graham: 16 (7/7 PAT; 3/3 FG)

The Good News

  • The Saints have won eight in row at home. Boom!
  • In the past three games vs. the Vikings (including the 2009 NFC Championship), QB DREW BREES is a perfect 3-0, completing 76 of 107 (71%) for 846 yards with 9 TDs, no INTs and a 122.3 QB rating. Boom!
  • In Drew's last meeting vs. the Vikings, he completed 32 of 40 (80%) for 412 yards with 5 TDs, no INTs and a 149.2 rating. By the way, that makes him the only QB in NFL history to go 80+%, 400+ yards, 5+ touchdowns, and 0 INTs in a game.
  • RB PIERRE THOMAS has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 receiving) in the past three meetings vs. the Vikings (including the NFC Championship).
  • In his last meeting against the Vikings, WR MARQUES COLSTON had 8 catches for 91 yards.

The Bad News

  • QB MATT CASSEL won his only start in New Orleans leading Kansas City to a 27-24 OT win on 9/23/12.
  • In 62 career games played indoors, RB ADRIAN PETERSON has rushed for 6,387 yards (103 per game) and 52 TDs.
  • WR GREG JENNINGS has a touchdown catch in all four of his career meetings vs. the Saints.
  • DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4.5 sacks in the past four games.
  • LB CHAD GREENWAY aims for his third meeting in a row against the Saints with 12+ tackles.

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