New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings,live stream. New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick
The Saints started 0-3 last year and never quite recovered. They actually won seven of their next 12 games to make things interesting, before losing their finale to finish 7-9 for the third straight season. The Saints are coming into this contest with two rookies, three 2nd year players, and a third who has only seen 6 quarters of game action in his professional career. P.J. Williams, a 3rd year pro, could draw the top coverage assignments in man to man duties. New Orleans lost seven games last year by six points or fewer, four by a field goal or less and three games in which it led or was tied for the lead in the fourth quarter.
Going into this season the Saints are lined at +400 to win the NFC South (bet $100 to win $400), +2000 to win the NFC and +5000 to win the Super Bowl, with a win over/under total of eight. Now that Peterson is finding himself in New Orleans, his new audience is looking for some of that same star power that defined his illustrious career in Minnesota. But this game isn’t just about Peterson getting revenge over his former team.
The Saints defense is expected to turn things around and play as a better unit this season, and after the strong showing they had in the preseason, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. While the Vikings offense is average at best, many of their problems have been directed at their offensive line. Injuries to the line were one of the main factors of the Vikings’ second-half collapse, but like the Saints defense, they are also expected to step up this season and be as healthy as ever.