Vikings vs Saints

Vikings vs Saints: The Sunday Night Football matchup this weekend is fantastic, as the Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints at 8:20 p.m. ET. Will the game live up to the hype from a scoring standpoint?

While not quite a landslide, the matchup between Minnesota and the Jets last Sunday was still a pretty decisive one as Minnesota wrapped it up with a 37-17 victory. Latavius Murray and Kirk Cousins were among the main playmakers for Minnesota as the former rushed for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns and the latter passed for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns. If you haven’t heard Cousins’ name lately, then you haven’t been paying much attention: he has loomed large in their past four games.

Meanwhile, New Orleans brought a four-game winning streak into their match against Baltimore; they left with a five-game streak. New Orleans won a contest that couldn’t have been any closer, slipping by Baltimore 24-23.

Their wins bumped Minnesota to 4-2-1 and New Orleans to 5-1. In their win, New Orleans relied heavily on Drew Brees, who passed for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. Minnesota will need to find a way to minimize his impact if they want to win.

How To Watch
When: Sunday at 8:20 PM ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota
TV: NBC
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Vikings are 1-point favorites to beat the Saints. The total, meanwhile, sits at 52 points. As of this writing, 51% of the public betting tickets are on the Saints to cover the point spread.

New Orleans Saints

Saints acquired CB Eli Apple from the Giants in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round pick. The Saints were reportedly in the market for Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, but it does not seem like Arizona is open to moving their star corner. Apple had a rocky run in New York and is not near Peterson’s level, but he has played pretty well this season. This is a good get for New Orleans at a great price. Following this trade, the Saints are now without their first-, third-, and fourth-round picks in the 2019 draft.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-40 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ Week 7 win over the Jets. It was a struggle much of the day as both offenses really had trouble moving the ball. At one point, both teams were a combined 0-for-12 on third downs. Cousins, however, did throw a 34-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen on the opening drive before then hitting Aldrick Robinson for a second 34-yard score in the fourth quarter. Both were dimes from Cousins in tight coverage. Cousins will look to get back on track with big numbers next week against the Saints at home.

New Orleans

The over is 10-4 in the Saints’ last 14 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.

Minnesota

The over is 36-16 in the Vikings’ last 52 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.

Prediction

Drew Brees and the Saints were stumped offensively by the Baltimore defense last Sunday until the fourth quarter and then moved the ball at will. Minnesota hasn’t been right defensively since the second half of last season’s NFC Divisional round matchup against these very Saints and I expect New Orleans to score plenty this weekend. The over is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Minnesota and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings overall. With how well Cousins is also playing, I love the over on Sunday night.

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