Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints, National Football Conference game. The Saints have to win this game no matter what. The team has no alternative, if they lose to the Vikings the playoffs will be further away. For now the Vikings have nothing to lose, but the team can make the Saints suffer to win. The advantage is the Saints playing at home. But anything can happen.
Minnesota Vikings: We came to sabotage.
The Vikings are not totally out of the playoffs. There is still a remote possibility. But the Vikings have to win this game. If the team loses, all hopes are null. The Cardinals have to lose the remaining two games of the season for the Vikings to have a bigger door in the playoffs. Another important game is the Bears against Packers, if the Bears lose it will be a “win” for the Vikings.
The team is scoring an average of 25.71 points per game, 30 rushes with 147.71 rush yards, 21 passes completed for 239.43 pass yards. The last two weeks were losses to Buccaneers 14-26 and the most recent to Bears 27-33. The defense is allowing an average of 27.71 points per game, 29 rushes with 125.57 rush yards, 22.64 passes completed and 252.43 pass yards.
Kirk Cousins played well against the Bears last week, but an interception was costly for him. So far 294/435 passes completed for 67.59% efficiency, 3569 pass yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, 102.4 overall rating. 27 staff rushes and 155 yards. In January of this year the Vikings won 26-20 at New Orleans. 3-2 since 2014.
New Orleans Saints: Ready to win.
The Saints lost last week to Patrick Mahomes in an unlikely but difficult loss to take in. The team can still win the top of the division. But they have to win to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from having a chance of stealing the top spot. The Saints have two weeks without a win. The last victory at home was in November against the Falcons 24-9, at home the record is positive at 5-2.
The offense is averaging 28.36 points per game, 29.93 rushes with 131.93 rush yards,
23.36 passes completed and 232 pass yards. The most recent loss was to the Chiefs at home 29-32. After this game the Saints close the season in week 17 against the Panthers. The defense is allowing 21.21 points this season, 25.21 rushes with 95.57 rush yards. Last week was the second time at home this season that the Saints allowed more than 30 points at home.
Drew Brees also suffered an interception last week against the Chiefs. It wasn’t the best game for him this season. 15/34 passes completed for 44.12% effectiveness, the first time this season with less than 50% effectiveness. So far good numbers with 234/332 passes completed, 70.48% efficiency, 2430 yards, 21 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, 107.4 overall rating. 15 personal rushes for two touchdowns.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints 12/25/2020 is: OVER 51.5 (TOTALS).
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