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    Vikings/Saints Series

    VIKINGS VS. SAINTS SERIES STANDINGS – Overall Minnesota leads the series 18-7, which includes an 11-2 record at home. The teams last played last season in New Orleans with the Vikings prevailing 38-31.

    The Saints last visited the Metrodome in a Divisional Playoff game during the 2000 season, the 1st playoff game and win for Daunte Culpepper. The past 3 meetings between the teams have been decided by 21 points. This weekend’s game will be the 4th time in the past 5 regular seasons that the Vikings and Saints have met. The 2002 game in New Orleans was decided on a 2-point conversion run with under a minute to play by Daunte Culpepper to give the Vikings a 32-31 win. The game was historically significant because it was the 1st NFL game to be decided by a 2-point conversion.

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    Re: Vikings/Saints Series

    Which Daunte will we see. That is the question.
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    Daunte nees to have one big game. If he does, I think he does good from there. You know, after reading alot of stuff this week, I'm thinking Tice will be calling offensive plays and do a good job :shock: (he was calling the plays on our last drive of the Bengals game when we scored our first Offensive TD of the season)

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    Re: Vikings/Saints Series

    I think we will see Daunte have a HUGE game.....Daunte Stallworth
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    I think You spelt DONTE' stallworth's name wrong If he has a big game we are really doomed cuz his big games usually consist of a couple of long catches
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    If anyone saw how the Giants shutdown Aaron Brooks, it was all done by blitzing. I know Cottrell is conservative, but the Saints O will rip us apart unless we blitz at least once every 4 plays. Double team Horn and then Smoot MUST shut down Stallworth by himself. IF we don't have at least three sacks we won't win this one.
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    its gonna be tough but we need to get one it dosent help that nate hte great wont be there speciall when pepper his hurting like he is
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    Re: Vikings/Saints Series

    "D" Line pressure .... It has to come up big. It doesn't take much to rattle Brooks into a couple of picks. Feel we can at leat "contain" Duece, but the big pass plays MUST be held in check.

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    Re: Vikings/Saints Series

    I did a little research on the Saints and came up with the following points for Sunday:

    - Deuce mcAllister, their star running back, actually gets stuffed on the line a LOT. He has some big runs, which put his average yards per carry at around 4.4, but he has way too many situations were he gets stuffed on first contact with a defender.

    - You can almost always get a first down vs. the Saints in "power running situations" (3rd or 4th and short). They just can't hold a team when it is 3rd and 1. Their line gets pushed back.

    - They are supposedly 16th on offense and 18th on defense for 2005 (projected), i.e., pretty mediocre.

    - Their offense has been called "the Anti-Patriots": "less than the sum of their parts" (Aaron Schatz). They have some talent, but somehow never seem to "put it together".

    - Joe Horn is good, but he is 33 years old.

    - the secondary was bad, but is improved. Adding Mike McKenzie (ex-Packer) helps them.

    - their special teams are the one really positive thing on their team, at least last year.

    Overall, they are very beatable. Their coaching is, unlike that of Tampa or Cincy, not really anything special. Their defense can get pushed around on the line. Their offense tends to beat itself. We just have to watch out for their special teams, and power run them on 3rd and short, and we should be ok. We are at home, and they are on an extended away series.

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    Preview: Saints @ Vikings

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    22 September 2005
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    If the Minnesota Vikings fail to play up to expectations when they host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, don't be surprised to see the crowd at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome adopt more the tone of an angry mob than a jubilant home crowd. The Vikings entered 2005 as a trendy pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XL, but have instead sputtered and stumbled their way to an 0-2 start, one that included a 37-8 gutting at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.

    Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper has thrown a league-high eight interceptions through two weeks, and the Vikings have collectively scored just one offensive touchdown. New Orleans, which dropped a 27-10 "home" decision to the Giants on Monday night at the Meadowlands, know something about turnovers as well. Jim Haslett and company coughed up the football six times in the defeat, including three interceptions and a fumble for quarterback Aaron Brooks.

    The Saints, who began their season with an emotional 23-20 win in Carolina, will be playing in their sixth different venue in as many weeks thanks to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans finished the preseason by playing in New England, at home in the Superdome, and at Oakland before beginning the regular season with trips to Carolina, Giants Stadium, and now Minnesota.

    SERIES HISTORY Minnesota has a 16-7 lead in its all-time regular season series with New Orleans, and won by identical 38-31 scores in the last two meetings, in 2002 and 2004, both at the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints' most recent win in the series was in 2001 at home, and their most recent victory at the Metrodome was in the 1993 season.

    In addition to the regular season series, the teams have met twice in the postseason, with Minnesota winning an NFC Divisional Playoff in 2000 and an NFC First-Round playoff in 1987. Haslett is 1-3 all-time against the Vikings, including the 2000 playoff loss. Minnesota's Mike Tice is 2-0 against both Haslett and New Orleans as a head coach.

    SAINTS OFFENSE VS. VIKINGS DEFENSE Attempting to brush aside his shaky Monday night outing will be Brooks (567 passing yards, 1 TD, 3 INT), who carries a 77.4 passer rating with him into Week 3. Brooks completed 27-of-45 passes for 375 yards and a score in the game, but could only get the Saints in the end zone one time and suffered the aforementioned turnovers.

    Pro Bowl wideout Joe Horn and No. 2 receiver Donte' Stallworth both had 100-yard outings in the win, with Horn catching nine balls for 143 yards and a 21-yard score and Stallworth pitching in to the tune of eight receptions and 141 yards. Horn (14 receptions, 209 yards, 1 TD) and Stallworth (12 receptions, 188 yards) both rank among the league's receiving leaders. Devery Henderson (3 receptions, 42 yards), a 2004 second-round pick who had trouble getting on the field last season, should remain the team's No. 3 receiver after making an impact against the Giants. The Saints line, which has compounded Brooks' problems by giving up five sacks on the year, must do a better job of protecting the quarterback.

    The Vikings allowed the Bengals' Carson Palmer to throw all over them last week, as the former Heisman Trophy winner passed for 337 yards and a trio of first-half touchdowns. A Minnesota secondary that was supposed to be upgraded in the offseason with the addition of ex-Redskins corner Fred Smoot (4 tackles, 1 INT) and ex-Packers free safety Darren Sharper (12 tackles, 1 INT) has looked anything star-studded, though Sharper did log a Week 1 highlight when he intercepted a Brian Griese pass and took it 88 yards for the team's only touchdown of the day.

    Smoot, Sharper, and fellow secondary starters Corey Chavous (17 tackles) and Antoine Winfield (13 tackles) will all be seeking improvement in Week 3. Minnesota has just two sacks through its first two games, and did notch one against the less-than-mobile Palmer a week ago. Ends Lance Johnstone (3 tackles, 1 sack), Kenechi Udeze (3 tackles) and Erasmus James will try to lead the hit parade on Culpepper. James, a 2005 first-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, did not appear in Week 1 and played only sparingly against the Bengals.

    New Orleans running back Deuce McAllister (41 carries, 111 yards, 2 TD, 8 receptions) has yet to exhibit his previous Pro Bowl form during 2005 to date, but neither has the former Ole Miss star been invisible. McAllister scored both of the team's touchdowns in the Week 1 win over the Panthers, and on Monday logged six receptions on a night when he struggled to find running room (15 carries, 47 yards). McAllister is averaging just 2.7 yards per rush heading into Week 3, and has not peeled off a run longer than 10 yards. Backup Antowain Smith (7 rushes, 17 yards) has not been much more effective in relief of McAllister.

    Minnesota has looked as clueless against the run as the pass in 2005, allowing the Buccaneers and Bengals to combine for 233 ground yards through two weeks. Middle linebacker Sam Cowart (6 tackles) is expected to return on Sunday after missing last week with a strained left calf, but outside linebacker E.J. Henderson (right ankle sprain) is considered doubtful. Henderson will likely be replaced in the lineup by Dontarrious Thomas (7 tackles). Up front, the team needs tackles Pat Williams (12 tackles, 1 sack) and Kevin Williams (4 tackles) to help stop McAllister after two relatively quiet weeks for the acclaimed duo.

    VIKINGS OFFENSE VS. SAINTS DEFENSE Culpepper (469 passing yards, 0 TD, 8 INT) has struggled mightily in his first two games without Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss, and life won't get any easier for Culpepper minus the services of wideout Nate Burleson (6 receptions) for this week's game. Burleson is listed as doubtful with a knee injury, meaning Travis Taylor (10 receptions, 113 yards), Marcus Robinson (5 receptions, 62 yards) and rookie Troy Williamson (2 receptions, 44 yards) will be among the players asked to step up.

    Williamson, a first-round draft choice out of South Carolina in 2005, had the first two catches of his NFL career last week. Taylor led the way with seven catches for 75 yards in the dispiriting loss. Tight ends Jermaine Wiggins (7 receptions, 50 yards) and Jim Kleinsasser (5 receptions, 48 yards) have been frequent targets of Culpepper thus far in 2005.

    A Minnesota line still reeling from the loss of Pro Bowl center Matt Birk (hip) for the year in training camp will have to come together sooner rather than later. Culpepper has already been sacked five times in 2005, including twice last week.

    The Saints know that the key to rattling Culpepper will be with its pass rush, with ends Darren Howard (3 tackles on the year), Will Smith (7 tackles, 1 sack), and Charles Grant (7 tackles) all attempting to locate the quarterback in Week 3. Smith is the only member of the group with a sack in 2005, and the team could not bring down the Giants' Eli Manning in last week's loss.

    Trying to contend with the Vikings receivers will be cornerbacks Mike McKenzie (7 tackles, 1 INT) and Fakhir Brown (6 tackles). Brown missed last week's game due to an ankle injury, and is listed as questionable on this week's injury report. Safeties Jay Bellamy (8 tackles on the year) and Dwight Smith (9 tackles) combined for 12 stops in the loss to the G-Men. The Vikings have done virtually nothing in the running game through their first two weeks, with Michael Bennett (9 carries, 35 yards), Mewelde Moore (8 receptions, 29 yards) and Moe Williams (7 carries, 17 yards), combining for just 24 attempts thus far.

    Bennett was removed from the Cincinnati game after coughing up two fumbles, and Moore was not much better in his place. Bennett is expected to get the start again this week, but Moore and Williams will likely be sprinkled into the rotation as well.

    New Orleans has allowed 233 rushing yards through its first two games, including 92 for Tiki Barber and the Giants on Monday. The young linebacking corps of Courtney Watson (12 tackles on the year), Sedrick Hodge (6 tackles) and Colby Bockwoldt (9 tackles) should get something of a respite with the run-challenged Vikings this week. The trio combined for 13 tackles in the loss to New York. Up front, the team's most effective run-stuffer has been Grant, who has seven tackles while alternating between the end and tackle slots. Brian Young (5 tackles) has also had a hand in the run-stopping game.

    OVERALL ANALYSIS The Vikings have heard about nothing but how bad they are for the past week, and will likely take the field on Sunday with a great deal of desire to disprove that notion. Look for Minnesota to come out with renewed focus against a road-weary team of Saints that must come to the Metrodome following a short week.

    Culpepper will finally look like the Pro Bowler that he is, the running game will get going, and a talented defense will wake up and make life miserable for Brooks and the New Orleans attack.

    Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vikings 24, Saints 14

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