5 toughest quarterback matchups for the Vikings in 2020

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5. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)

  • Career Win-Loss vs. MIN: 5-4 (.556)
  • Career Passer Rating vs. MIN: 102.3

As you might have just tabulated in your head, the heft of Brees’ success against the Vikings came before the arrival of head coach Mike Zimmer. From the start of his career thru 2013, Brees held a 3-1 win-loss record against Minnesota including the infamous 2009 NFC Championship game.

In Zimmer’s rookie campaign, Brees and the Saints knocked off the Vikings in Week 3 of 2014 inside the Superdome. This game was particularly noteworthy as it was the first professional action of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s career.

Ironically, Bridgewater would join the Saints four seasons later in a reserve capacity.

As for Brees, he has thrown for an average of 265 passing yards per game against the Vikings throughout his 20-year career. He’s the owner of an 18 touchdown to six interception split against the team. His team has not fared well, at all, in recent meetings as the Vikings have eliminated the Saints from the playoffs in two out of the last three seasons. And, each time the Vikings were victorious in fairly stunning fashion.

Had this analysis taken a half-decade ago, Brees would be ranked higher. Put simply, Brees has been significantly less deadly versus the Vikings as of late.

The Vikings and Saints have a yuletide date in Louisiana on Christmas day. It will be the Saints’ first-ever game on Dec. 25.