Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints Week 1 Preseason Game Preview
The last time the New Orleans Saints were on the field they were moments away from clinching a Super Bowl berth. But a missed pass interference call sent the Saints packing. The Minnesota Vikings, though, not as heartbreaking, also suffered a disappointing end to their 2018 campaign.
Nitrogen Sports Blog is here to preview a Saints vs. Vikings preseason meeting, where we’ll get a clue at the progress these two teams have made so far in the offseason.
Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints Week 1 preseason game preview
When: Friday, August 9, 2019
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
NFL Odds: Vikings (+2.5) vs. Saints (-2.5)
What to know about the Minnesota Vikings
- The Vikings will deploy a new strategy in 2019. Look for them to take some pressure off Kirk Cousins by emphasizing the running game. The bulk of the touches will go to breakout candidate Dalvin Cook. Head coach Mike Zimmer also recognizes the need to test out the new pass interference challenge protocol. Look for the new system to get tested in this game.
- During the training camp, the Vikings realized they’ll probably be without CB Mike Hughes until mid October. They just brought in CB Bene’ Benwikere to fill the gap left by Hughes.
- Irv Smith Sr. scored five TDs at the Superdome. Now his son, Vikings 2nd round pick, Irv Smith Jr.,will try to follow in his father’s footsteps right to the end zone. The 21-year-old TE will play his first pro game on Friday.
What to know about the New Orleans Saints
- New Orleans just added Jazquizz Rodgers to their roster. He’ll be competing for a backup role so the Saints may want to give him an extended look. Look for star running back Alvin Kamara to get some light duty during the first week of the preseason.
- The Saints have a few injury issues that could keep players out of the lineup beyond the start of the regular season. Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins will miss the entire preseason and could return sometime in October.
- NFL owners voted 31-1 to expand replay to include plays like the botched pass interference call that cost the Saints a Super Bowl ticket.
The Vikings are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 preseason games.
The Saints are 3-1 ATS in their last four preseason outings.
New Orleans and Minnesota could cross paths in the playoffs, but for now, they will have to settle for a preseason matchup.
Who will win in this Vikings vs. Saints showdown? You can bet on this game, but if you’re new to the wagering game, you can check out first our NFL betting guide for additional tips.
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