The 5-1 New Orleans Saints will travel to Minnesota to take on the 4-2-1 Vikings in this week’s Sunday night matchup. Both teams are playing really well and continued their winning streaks last week with impressive victories. The Saints came back from a 17-7 third quarter deficit to beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23 on the road, which extended their winning streak to 5 games. They got lucky as Ravens kicker Josh Brown missed an extra point with 24 seconds left, which would have tied the game. The Vikings never trailed in in their 37-17 victory over the New York Jets on the road. The win was their third in a row after winning just once in the teams first 4 games. They now sit alone in first place in the NFC North.
Drew Brees continued his strong season with another good performance against the Ravens as he finished with a passer rating of 115. He completed 22 of 30 passes for 22 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Michael Thomas who had 7 catches for 69 yards and 1 touchdown. He became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 500 touchdown passes. Alvin Kamara led the run game with 64 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. For the season, the Saints offense has averaged 34 points and 421 yards per game. Defensively, they did not force any turnovers and sacked Joe Flacco just once. They did a good job against the run as they allowed the Ravens to gain 77 yards on 23 carries, which is an average of just 3.3 yards per rush.
Minnesota dominated on both sides of the ball against the Jets. Defensively, they forced 4 turnovers as they intercepted Sam Darnold 3 times and recovered a fumble. They also shut the Jets run game down as they limited them to just 71 yards on 24 carries. On the season, they have allowed their opponents to average 23.6 points and 370 yards per game. Offensively, Kirk Cousins led the way as he completed 25 of 40 passes for 241 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Adam Thielen who had 110 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches. Thielen became just the 5th receiver ever to have at least 100 receiving yards in 7 consecutive games. Latavius Murray had a nice game running the ball as he had 69 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries.
Minnesota will have home field advantage for this game and are favored by 1 point. They have gone 4-2-1 against the spread this season including 2-1 at home. The Saints have gone 4-2 against the spread this year including 3-0 on the road. Both teams enter this contest with momentum and both sit in first place in their respective divisions. The Vikings defense had 3 interceptions last week against the Jets while the Saints have just 2 interceptions on the season.
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