Vikings-Saints Game Snapshot
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Tim Ryan
SERIES 24th meeting. The Vikings lead the series, 16-7, winning the last two games in the Superdome in 2002 and ‘04. The Vikings also are 2-0 against the Saints in postseason play. Minnesota won the most recent meeting of the two teams, 38-31, on Oct. 17 of last season.
Saints: offense 7th (21st rush, 9th pass); defense 16th (24th rush, 11th pass).
Vikings: offense 24th (30th rush, 17th pass); defense 30th (32nd rush, 28th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME
Chicken or the egg? Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper is getting just 55 yards per game help from his ground game, but Minnesota has been able to call just 38 running plays because it has been so far behind — in part due to Culpepper's 10 turnovers.
Culpepper torched the Saints for five touchdown passes in last year's meeting, but the Saints' defense has improved and the Vikings must play a more ball-controlled offense.
For the Saints, the biggest obstacle could be a third consecutive game in front of their opponents' home crowd. The biggest priority for QB Aaron Brooks will be identifying the various fronts he will see from the Vikings' defense. If the Saints can get an early lead, they could send the Vikings into full panic mode.
Saints: Coach Jim Haslett's 25-16 (.610) road record is the second-best among active coaches (Andy Reid, 32-17, .653). ... Are 18-7 when WR Joe Horn has at least 100 receiving yards.
Vikings: Last started 0-2 in 2002 in Mike Tice's first season as head coach. They finished 6-10. ... Lead series 18-7 and have won past four meetings at home.
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