The Minnesota Vikings will head to London to battle the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, but will a trip across the pond lead to another victory?
Things didn’t go right for the Minnesota Vikings last week. Justin Jefferson was shut down, Dalvin Cook got hurt, Kirk Cousins had an off game, Greg Joseph missed a couple of kicks, and the Vikings were one more fourth-down conversion away from losing to the Detroit Lions.
This type of game usually ended in a loss for Minnesota during the final years of the Mike Zimmer era, but Kevin O’Connell was able to weather the storm and lead the Vikings to a 28-24 victory.
While there’s plenty of work to do before we can call Minnesota a legitimate contender, they still stand at 2-1 and have a chance to move to 3-1 entering Week 4’s matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints enter Sunday’s game a shell of themselves. After a last-minute victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, their offense disappeared in losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. This type of drop-off was expected when Sean Payton retired this past offseason, but this doesn’t look like the team that battled with the Vikings in the NFC hierarchy in recent years.
With this game being played in London, it adds a wrinkle to what is a matchup between two unstable teams. Still, we have a job to do, so we’ll give you five bold predictions for when the Saints square off against the Vikings on Sunday.