MINNESOTA (1-1) at NEW ORLEANS (0-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET., Fox
OPENING LINE - Saints by 9 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 1-1, New Orleans 0-2
SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 20-10
LAST MEETING - Saints beat Vikings 42-20, Dec. 18, 2011.
AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 26, Saints No. 17 (tie)
VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (16T), PASS (32).
VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (16), PASS (8).
SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (5T), PASS (6).
SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (21T), PASS (32).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Saints coach Sean Payton are friends from stint as assistants in Dallas under Bill Parcells. Zimmer's son, Adam, now Minnesota's linebackers coach, got his first assistant coaching job in NFL from Payton in New Orleans in 2006 and was defensive assistant for 2009 Saints team that won Super Bowl. ... QB Matt Cassel won his only start in Superdome with Kansas City in 2012. ... With RB Adrian Peterson away from team to address child abuse allegations, WR Cordarrelle Patterson is Minnesota's leading rusher with 102 yards on three carries. ... Patterson has TDs in three straight games and six of last seven. ... RB Matt Asiata had 25-yard TD receiving last week. ... LB Chad Greenway had 12 or more tackles in each of Vikings' last two meetings with Saints. ... DE Everson Griffin has 4 1/2 sacks in past four games ... Saints RB Mark Ingram, who leads New Orleans with 143 yards and three TDs rushing on 24 carries, is out with broken hand. ... TE Jimmy Graham leads Saints in receiving with 18 catches for 200 yards and two TDs. ... Graham scored both of his TDs last week in Cleveland. ... Since 2011, Graham leads NFL TEs with 304 catches, 3,917 yards and 41 TDs. ... Saints WR Marques Colston was held without a catch last week, snapping 86-game streak with at least one catch, dating back to October 2008. He had five catches for 110 yards in Week 1. ... Rookie WR Brandin Cooks has 143 yards from scrimmage, including 94 receiving, 49 rushing. ... DE Junior Galette has 10 sacks in last eight games he has played in Superdome, while DE Cameron Jordan has seven sacks in last seven home games. ... Jordan's father, Steve, was Vikings TE for 13 seasons from 1982-1994.
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