Game Snapshot: Vikings at Saints

<BR>KICKOFF: </B>Sunday, 8:30 ET <BR><B>GAMEDATE: </B>10/17/04 <BR><B>SURFACE: </B>Sportexe Momentum <BR><B>TV: </B> ESPN, Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire, Suzy Kolber

Minnesota Vikings (3-1) at New Orleans Saints (2-3)

This is the 25th meeting. The Vikings lead 17-7 and are 6-5 at New Orleans. In the last meeting, quarterback Daunte Culpepper ran for a two-point conversion late in the game as the Vikings beat the Saints 32-31 to start a three-game winning streak at the end of the 2002 season.

2004 rankings
Vikings: offense 1st (18th rush, 1st pass); defense 31st (7th rush, 32nd pass).
Saints: offense 19th (27th rush, 12th pass); defense 29th (28th rush, 21st pass)

Fumbles. Penalties. Mental errors. They have all conspired against the Saints for most of the season so far. To keep up with the Vikings, New Orleans will have to clean up its miscues. Sound familiar?

A big concern for Minnesota has to be its last-ranked pass defense going up against a deep group of receivers. It's not all the fault of the secondary - the Vikings haven't been getting the push they expected from their front four.

New Orleans' defense has been respectable, but it's going up against red-hot Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper, who has a ridiculous 126.0 passer rating. The Saints must stuff RB Mewelde Moore because Culpepper is completing 72.7 percent of his passes and will pick the secondary apart if he's allowed to sit in the pocket.


  • WR Randy Moss has seven touchdown receptions, with five coming inside the 5-yard line.
  • Lead the series 17-7 and are 6-5 in New Orleans.
  • K John Carney has moved past Pat Leahy for ninth place on the league's all-time scoring list with 1,471 points.

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