Saints vs Vikings @ The New Orleans Saints (5-1) return to the scene of being the victim of one of the greatest plays in NFL history. The Saints were stunned when Minnesota Vikings scored the game-winning touchdown on the final play of a divisional playoff game last season. The Saints are ready to face down those ghosts when they meet the Vikings (4-2-1) on Sunday Night Football at 5:20 p.m. PT/8:20 p.m. ET, KGW-8, NBC.
The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints square off on Sunday Night Football in a matchup of Super Bowl contenders. The Vikings (4-2-1) have won three in a row, while the Saints (5-1) have won five straight. Oddsmakers have this game as a pick’em — neither team is getting points in the current Vikings vs. Saints odds after Minnesota opened as a 2.5-point favorite. The Over-Under for total points scored is 53. The Saints have topped 30 points in three of their past four games, but the Vikings’ defense has held down the opposition lately. It makes for an intriguing matchup, so before you make any Vikings vs. Saints picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The Saints take on the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night.
Here’s what you need to know to follow the game in your living room, at the bar or online.
Game time: 7:20 p.m. Central, 8:20 p.m. Eastern
TV broadcast map: 506 Sports coverage map (But’s a national broadcast, so …)
Steaming live broadcast: FuboTV
Line: New Orleans is a 1.5 favorite. The O/U is a 54.
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Minnesota’s offense averages nearly as many passing yards as New Orleans, led by the NFL’s top receiver, Adam Thielen, who leads the league with 67 receptions and 822 yards. Fellow starter Stefon Diggs has 48 catches for 468 yards, as QB Kirk Cousins has targeted his starters 163 times, or 54.3 percent of his pass attempts. It will face a Saints defense that is being gashed for 294 yards passing per game, fifth-most in the NFL.