Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings meet up on Sunday in Minnesota. The Saints are -7 point favorites over the Vikings with n over/under point total set at 50.
The Minnesota Vikings are one of the worst teams in the NFL when it comes to record but when talking about the worst teams in football they rarely enter the conversation. After blowing leads in their early games this year the Vikings have gone to the youth movement and is clearly in rebuild mode. The most obvious place where the Vikings are looking to the future is at QB where Christian Ponder has looked good but the rookie has completed just 55.7 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Adrian Peterson has been injured and missed last week’s game and is questionable again but Toby Gerhart is getting plenty of looks running hard and averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Percy Harvin is a game breaker and he has 69 catches and five touchdowns, Michael Jenkins has 38 catches, and Visanthe Shiancoe has 36 catches. Defensively Minnesota has 40 sacks, 13 fumble recoveries, and six interceptions with a minus six turnover ratio and they allow 350.2 yards and 28 points per game. Chad Greenway has 118 tackles, E.J. Henderson has 76 tackles, and Jared Allen has 17.5 sacks. Minnesota will have a high draft choice but after taking a QB number one last year they may be in position to bring in a nice haul if they choose to deal their pick.
The New Orleans Saints have clinched a playoff berth but they are still competing for a first round playoff bye. The Saints have made it their mission to get back to and win the Super Bowl and anything short would be a disappointment. Drew Brees is on target to break Dan Marino’s record for the most passing yards in a season of 5,084 as he has completed 70.9 percent of his passes for 4,368 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. New Orleans has a stable of running backs and Mark Ingram has been dinged up but they haven’t missed a beat with Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Chris Ivory. Jimmy Graham has 80 catches and eight touchdowns, Marques Colston has 58 catches, and Lance Moore has 45 catches and six touchdowns. Defensively the Saints have 27 sacks, 15 fumble recoveries, and seven interceptions with a minus two turnover ratio and they allow 378.3 yards and 22.0 points per game. Roman Harper has 83 tackles and 6.5 sacks, Malcolm Jenkins has 74 tackles, and Jo-Lonn Dunbar has 67 tackles. New Orleans closes out their season against Atlanta and Carolina.
Minnesota is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games against the NFC, 3-8 against the spread following a cover, and 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. New Orleans is 4-0 against the spread following a cover, 3-11 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall. Minnesota has covered in five of the last six meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 50 and with all of the play makers ont he field I see this one going over that number and that will be my pick.