Vikings-Saints game scout

Get the vital information for the Vikings-Saints Monday night showdown, including series history and fast facts.

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New England Patriots (2-1) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
Cincinnati Bengals (0-4) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
Minnesota Vikings (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-2)

Minnesota Vikings (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-2)
KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/05/08
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: ESPN (Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser, Michele Tafoya, Suzy Kolber)


27th meeting. Vikings lead series, 19-7, and are 7-5 at New Orleans. The Vikings have won 11 of the past 14 games between the teams and have outscored the Saints 713-435 in the 26-game series.


After failing to crack the 100-yard barrier the past two games, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a chance for a big game in primetime against the league's 20th-ranked run defense allowing 5.2 yards per carry. Minnesota is likely to have a big edge in time of possession, so watch for New Orleans' defense wearing down late in the second half. The dilemma for the Saints is if they overplay Peterson, they're also ranked 29th against the pass.

Keeping drives alive and converting in the red zone will be two huge factors for the Saints, who do rank fourth in the league with a 45.8 percent conversion rate on third downs. RB Deuce McAllister is finally back playing a significant role in the offense, but running between the tackles against Minnesota is typically a losing proposition. Utilizing RB Reggie Bush's receiving skills is a better bet to help complement the running game.


  • The Vikings' defense has allowed just two 100-yard rushers in 36 games under coach Brad Childress.

  • Saints QB Drew Brees has a 133.2 passer rating with three touchdowns in the red zone and a 129.1 rating on third downs.

  • One of the Vikings' most entertaining victories of the Mike Tice era (2002-2005) came against the Saints at the Superdome. The Vikings, who had a 17-game road-losing streak at the time, cut the Saints lead to one point with 5 seconds remaining when quarterback Daunte Culpepper connected with Randy Moss for a touchdown. Instead of going for the tie, Tice called for a 2-point conversion stunning everyone. It worked, however, as Culpepper dived over the goal line for the winning points.

  • The Vikings and Saints have met twice in the playoffs. The Vikings cruised to a 44-10 victory in a 1987 NFC wild-card game in New Orleans and beat the visiting Saints 34-16 in a divisional playoff game in 2000.

  • WR Bernard Berrian caught five passes for 85 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, as a member of the Chicago Bears in the NFC title game against the Saints on Jan. 12, 2007.

  • CB Antoine Winfield got his first career interception as a member of the Vikings in a 38-31 victory at New Orleans on Oct. 17, 2004. Winfield picked off an Aaron Brooks pass and returned it 56 yards.

  • K Ryan Longwell tied a career-high by going seven-for-seven on point-after attempts against the Saints as a member of the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 9, 2005.

  • The Vikings all-time record on "Monday Night Football" stands at 24-24. Minnesota lost to Green Bay, 24-19, in its season-opener this year in a Monday night game at Lambeau Field.

  • Brad Childress is 3-0 against AFC South foes in his two-plus seasons as the Vikings coach and Minnesota is 71-38 all-time against the division.

  • The Saints, who won home games against Tampa Bay on Sept. 7 and San Francisco on Sept. 28, have a chance to accomplish a rare feat on Monday night against the Vikings.

    The Saints have won two in a row in the Superdome only three times during Sean Payton's two-plus seasons as coach and a win over the Vikings would stretch the streak to three for only the third time since the start of the 1999 season.

    It happened in 2002, in Jim Haslett's third year as coach, and again in Payton's first season in 2006.

    Overall, the Saints have had just one winning season at home since 1992 — in 2003. They are 37-45 in regular-season play in the Superdome since the start of the 1997 season.

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