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OPEN­ING LINE >> Vik­ings by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD >> New Or­leans 8-8, Min­nesota 11-4-1

SE­RIES RECORD >> Vik­ings lead 21-11 LAST MEET­ING >> Vik­ings beat Saints

29-19, Sept. 11, 2017

LAST WEEK >> Saints beat Pan­thers 31-26; Vik­ings had first-round bye

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES >> Vik­ings have won two of three post­sea­son matchups with Saints, 1987 in New Or­leans and 2000 in Min­nesota. Saints won 2009 NFC championship game at home . ... Vik­ings are 13-3 at home in his­tory against Saints, in­clud­ing the one play­off vic­tory . ... Saints are 7-4 in six ap­pear­ances in play­offs un­der coach Sean Pay­ton . ... Saints QB Drew

Brees passed for 376 yards against Pan­thers, his sec­ond-high­est to­tal of sea­son . ... Saints are ranked third in NFL in reg­u­lar sea­son with 20 in­ter­cep­tions and tied for ninth in league with 25 to­tal take­aways . ... In sea­son-open­ing win over Saints, Sam Brad­ford was Vik­ings QB and passed for 346 yards and three TDs without turnover for ca­reer-high 143.0 rat­ing . .... Vik­ings al­lowed 27 sacks in reg­u­lar sea­son, sev­enth fewest in league . ... Saints sack leader Cameron Jor­dan is son of for­mer Vik­ings TE Steve Jor­dan, who was six-time Pro Bowl pick . ... Vik­ings’ record against spread in reg­u­lar sea­son was best in NFL . ... Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer and Pay­ton were as­sis­tants on Cow­boys staff to­gether from 2003 to 2005, with Pay­ton run­ning offense and Zim­mer run­ning de­fense . ... U.S. Bank Sta­dium, which opened in 2016, is site of next month’s Su­per Bowl . ... Vik­ings al­lowed only 20 runs of 10-plus yards in reg­u­lar sea­son, fewest in NFL since 1995 49ers.

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