Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints Prediction, Preview and Odds – 1-5-2020
New Orleans will get finally get another postseason shot against the Minnesota Vikings, which will be the first meeting since “The Minneapolis Miracle” in the 2018 NFL Playoffs. The Vikings scored on a 61-yard touchdown in the divisional round, sending Minnesota to the NFC Championship. This year’s meeting will take place in New Orleans, where the Saints are heavy favorites against the Vikings in the Wild Card game.
Vikings look for Cook to provide offensive spark
Minnesota rested its starters last week, losing to Chicago and finishing 10-6 in the regular season. The Vikings are expecting to get Dalvin Cook back for this game, after he missed time last month due to a shoulder injury. Cook has only averaged 36 rush yards per game during his last four contests. With Cook on the sidelines, starting quarterback Kirk Cousins only threw for 190 yards per game, throwing three touchdowns and two interceptions. With Cook in the lineup in the previous four games, Cousins was averaging 258 passing yards. He threw 10 touchdowns and one interception in that stretch.
Cousins leads the Minnesota offense with 3,603 passing yards and 26 touchdowns this season. He has thrown six interceptions. Cook is the signature back, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns on 250 attempts. He is also the second leading weapon in the passing game, catching 53 passes for 519 yards. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is the leading receiver with 63 receptions for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns. Adam Thielen has not been himself since returning from a hamstring injury, catching just 30 passes for 418 yards. Thielen has done a decent job of finding the end zone, scoring six times. Minnesota’s defense has held opposing offenses to just a 43.7 percent touchdown conversion rate in the red zone, which is the second-best in the NFL.
New Orleans hopes for different result than 2018
New Orleans enters the postseason with a 42-10 win against Carolina last week, which improved the Saints’ overall record to 13-3. They won six of their final seven games in the regular season, including 34 or more points during six of those seven games. New Orleans is allowing just 1.7 red-zone trips per game, which is the best in the NFL. Opposing offenses are only converting 34.8 percent of their third downs against the Saints, which is sixth-best in the league. New Orleans’ offense has scored touchdowns in 80 percent of its red-zone trips during its last three games.
The Saints are led by veteran quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns this season, despite missing several games with an injury earlier in the year. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in career pass touchdowns, career pass completions, career completion percentage and career passing yards. Running back Alvin Kamara has not been as effective as the Saints hoped he would be, but Kamara has still tallied 797 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 171 carries. Latavius Murray has added 637uards and five scores on 146 attempts. Wide receiver Michael Thomas led the NFL with 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. Tight end Jared Cook added 43 receptions for 705 yards and nine touchdowns of his own.
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New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The team was founded by John W. Mecom Jr., David Dixon, and the city of New Orleans on November 1, 1966. The Saints began play in Tulane Stadium in 1967.
The name “Saints” is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith. New Orleans has a large Catholic population, and the spiritual “When the Saints Go Marching In” is strongly associated with New Orleans and is often sung by fans at games. The franchise was founded on November 1, 1966.
The team’s primary colors are old gold and black; their logo is a simplified fleur-de-lis. They played their home games in Tulane Stadium through the 1974 NFL season. The following year, they moved to the new Louisiana Superdome (now the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, since Mercedes-Benz has purchased the stadium’s naming rights).
For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were barely competitive, only getting to .500 twice. In 1987, they finished 12–3—their first-ever winning season—and qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the Minnesota Vikings 44–10. The next season in 1988 ended with a 10–6 record, but no playoff berth. Following the 2000 regular season, the Saints defeated the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams 31–28 to notch their first-ever playoff win.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast region. The Superdome was used as an emergency, temporary shelter for displaced residents. The stadium suffered damage from the hurricane (notably from flooding and part of the roof being torn off as well as internal damage from lack of available facilities). The Saints were forced to play their first scheduled home game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (the Giants’ home stadium); other home games were rescheduled at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas or Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During the season, it was rumored that Saints’ owner Tom Benson might deem the Superdome unusable and seek to legally void his contract and relocate the team to San Antonio, where he had business interests. Ultimately, however, the Superdome was repaired and renovated in time for the 2006 season at an estimated cost of US$185 million. The New Orleans Saints’ first post-Katrina home game was an emotionally charged Monday Night Football game versus their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints, under rookie head coach Sean Payton and new quarterback Drew Brees, defeated the Falcons 23–3, and went on to notch the second playoff win in franchise history.
The 2009 season was a historic one for the Saints. Winning a franchise-record 13 games, they qualified for Super Bowl XLIV and defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31–17. To date, it is the only Super Bowl championship that they have won, and as it is the only Super Bowl the Saints have appeared in, they join the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only three NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance.
In 52 seasons (through 2018), the Saints’ record was 371–446–5 (.454) overall, 362–435–5 in the regular season and 9–11 in the playoffs.