New Orleans Vs Minnesota


NEW ORLEANS at MINNESOTA
New Orleans comes off a 22-17 win at Tennessee as -3½ point road favorites. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes to Marques Colston in the fourth quarter, and New Orleans’ defense came up with two late stands to escape Nashville with a win. Brees completed 36-of-46 passes for 337 yards for the Saints (10-3), who remained two games ahead of Atlanta in the NFC South. Colston caught seven passes for 105 yards for New Orleans, which has won five in a row. Brees joined Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas as the only quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in 40 straight games. He has 39,413 yards passing in 150 career starts, which ranks just behind the 39,498 yards passing Dan Marino achieved in his first 150 starts. The Titans had the ball twice in the final minutes with a chance to win, but the Saints’ defense came through in the clutch. New Orleans had a 437-373 edge in total offense and converted 11-of-19 on third down, compared to Tennesse’’s 1-of-10.

Minnesota is off a 34-28 loss at Detroit as +10 point underdogs. Backup QB Joe Webb threw for 84 yards and a touchdown after replacing Vikings starter Christian Ponder, who threw for 115 yards and two touchdowns, with three interceptions and a lost fumble. Ponder started despite suffering a hip pointer in a loss to Denver the previous week. Minnesota (2-11) had six turnovers and lost its fifth consecutive game. Adrian Peterson did not play for a third straight game because of a high ankle sprain. Webb, a second-year QB out of UAB, was appearing in his eighth game this season. He only threw two passes in his first seven games, but finished 12-of-23 passing, while running for 109 yards against the Lions. The Vikings committed four turnovers in the first half, and finished with six; and Ponder was benched after his fourth turnover. Yet they still managed a 425-280 edge in offense and rushed for 269 yards.

The Saints and Vikings met in last year’s season opener as New Orleans came away with a 14-9 home win as -4½ point favorites. New Orleans is 5-12 ATS against losing teams, but he Saints are 7-1 SU and ATS when playing in a dome. Minnesota comes in 3-10-1 ATS against losing teams, but take note the home team is +54 points ATS in Minnesota’s last nine games and that 27th-ranked New Orleans defense can be had. Could be closer than expected..

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