Stumbling Teams Matchup in Week 4
NFC opponents look for a win overseas when the New Orleans Saints play host to the Minnesota Vikings in London on Sunday.
The Vikings started the season with an emphatic 23-7 win over Green Bay. However, they haven’t played to that level since. Minnesota fell 24-7 to the Eagles in Week 2 and needed a last-minute touchdown to overcome the Lions 28-24 in Week 3.
Despite their recent play, the Vikings remain in a three-way tie for the top spot in the NFC North with a 2-1 record.
With a record of 1-2, the Saints are in the opposite position in a three-way tie for last in the South. Tampa Bay is the lone leader in the division.
New Orleans began its season with a 27-26 win over the Falcons before falling in its next two games. The Saints were last defeated 22-14 by Carolina.
Though Minnesota is currently tied for first in the North, the Vikings have the second-best odds to win the division behind Green Bay at (+160). New Orleans also has the second-best chances to win the South at (+500) odds.
Let’s check the latest NFL odds, stats, injury reports, and NFL lines for Vikings vs Saints. We’ve plenty of Vegas NFL odds for you to consider.
Vikings’ Defense Difficulties
Although Minnesota Vikings started the season strong on defense, holding the Packers to seven points, the Vikings’ defense has stumbled in the last two weeks.
In their past two games, the Vikings have allowed their opponents to combine for 52 points. Despite this, their 18.3 points allowed per game ranks 10th in the NFL.
While Minnesota’s scoring defense has been decent, its total defense and passing defense have struggled.
Minnesota is in the bottom three in the league in total yards allowed, allowing 413.3 yards a game. Likewise, its passing defense allows 275.7 yards a game, ranking in the bottom four in the NFL.
In their last game against the Lions, Detroit gained 416 total yards and 277 passing yards on Minnesota. The Lions got out to a 14-0 and later 24-14 lead before the Vikings rallied for a late score.
Minnesota’s offense carried the team to victory last week. However, its defense will have to improve to continue to be victorious.
Saints’ Giveaway Grief
New Orleans Saints scraped out a victory in Week 1 against the Falcons, erasing a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win; however, the Saints have struggled to get to that form again.
While New Orleans is in the bottom 10 in the league in points scored, averaging 17 a game, the reason the Saints have failed to score may be partially due to the fact they can’t hang onto the ball.
The Saints lead the league in turnovers, having given up the ball nine times through the first three games. New Orleans has also failed to take the ball away, as the team is last in the league in turnover differential at -6.
While the Saints turned the ball over once in their win over Atlanta, their second game against the Buccaneers told a different story. Quarterback Jameis Winston threw three interceptions while the Saints also fumbled twice.
The following game didn’t bring much improvement: Winston had two interceptions while New Orleans fumbled once more against the Panthers.
New Orleans will need to be better at protecting the ball if the team hopes to find success in the future.
Vikings vs Saints Game Injuries
Vikings vs Saints Head-to-Head
The Vikings and Saints have met 31 times previously in the regular season, with Minnesota leading the series 19-12. The last time they met was in New Orleans on Christmas Day in 2020, when the Saints defeated the Vikings 52-33.
Vikings vs Saints Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 2nd
- Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
- How to watch Vikings vs Saints: ESPN
Vikings vs Saints: Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Vikings vs Saints Betting Lines
Vikings vs Saints Prediction
While the Vikings’ defense hasn’t been as strong as it was in Week 1, Minnesota will have the chance to get back on track against a turnover-prone New Orleans offense.
Meanwhile, The Saints, who rank in the middle of the league allowing 22.7 points a game, will have to find a way to stop a balanced Vikings attack that can get it done both in the air and on the ground.
With Minnesota’s offense performing better than New Orleans’ lately, the Vikings should be able to cover against the Saints in London.
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