New Orleans at Minnesota, Sunday Night Football
Andy Patton – The Vikings have not stepped up in the way one would have hoped after last season. They sit 4-2-1, with an average offense (8th YPG in the NFC). New Orleans has been adept at stopping the run, which will force Minnesota in the air.
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That’s not a problem with elite receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but I think New Orleans will be able to do enough damage of their own on offense to pull this one out. I expect a high-scoring affair, but give the edge to Brees and the Saints.
Matt Barry – The Saints are 5-1 and Drew Brees is as good as he’s ever been. New Orleans has also won on the road in Atlanta and Baltimore. Typically they are a better home team. They score in bunches and especially in domes.
The Vikings have been a tad bit disappointing. They are 4-2-1 but got crushed by the hapless Bills and have not had the toughest schedule. You just keep waiting for their breakout game. Well, I think this is it. Take the Vikes at home.
Jordan Cordano – A rematch of the “Minneapolis Miracle” game that occurred during the NFC divisional round in the 2017 playoffs. The Saints and Vikings are both considered contenders to make a Super Bowl run. New Orleans is coming off a tight 24-23 win vs the Ravens and is riding a five-game win streak. Minnesota has established a three-game winning streak of their own after a 37-17 drumming of the Jets.
Both teams have high powered offenses and it should be another shootout Sunday night. This matchup will come down to who can play defense the longest and I’m taking the home team Vikings in a high scoring close game 44-38.
Ed Stein – I want to pick the Vikings at home, but they are so inconsistent. Their loss to Buffalo makes me think they aren’t as good as we were led to believe. The Saints, on the other hand, are firing on all cylinders this year. How Drew Brees keeps up this pace at 39 years old is amazing. I’ll take New Orleans.