Playoff rematches are always a little fun the following year during the regular season. But this game isn’t exactly a rematch since the Vikings have a new quarterback behind center in Kirk Cousins. He doesn’t quite have the offence clicking as Keenum did. But when it does click, it is one of the better units in the NFL.
The defence hasn’t been as dominant this season as it was in the last. They’ve also had to deal with some injuries. But they have been playing better in recent weeks. Then again, their previous two opponents were the Jets and Cardinals—not exactly tough competition.
But against the Saints, they will face one of the most potent offences in the NFL. Drew Brees is playing like a guy determined to make it back to the postseason. The Saints are one of six teams averaging over 300 yards passing a game so far this season.
Their run game hasn’t been as effective this season without Mark Ingram. But he’s been back for two games and getting better.
What will be interesting to see is how much the newly acquired Eli Apple plays. The Saints defence has been struggling for much of this season. But could Apple really make much of a difference after being with the team for less than a week?
So—who’s going to win?
This is a tough one. Cousins is good, but late in the game, there are few as dependable as Brees. Take the Saints (-100) to win over the Vikings (-100). Minnesota will not cover the spread (1), but these two teams will absolutely hit the over (52.5).