Saints vs Vikings: Inside The Numbers

The Saints visit the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night in what some consider a revenge game, that is not true, it’s more of a business trip. On another note, why do they play two years in a row at Minnesota? Roger Goodell is the dumbest red headed clown in history,but I digress, it should be an excellent match up of two 2017 playoff teams. I will not mention a certain “lucky ” ending to last years’ campaign. So for fun I looked up some statistics for both squads.

Offensive points per drive for New Orleans is at about 3.86 and tied for second in the league, while the Vikings sit at 23rd. Defensive points per drive is another story with Minnesota at sixth and the Saints at 30th . The total yardage offensively for the black and gold is sixth and the Norsemen are 13th. Defensive yardage numbers per game favor Minnesota who are 11th and the Saints are 17th. Scoring by quarters have the Saints in the second stanza putting up 10.3 points and 13.7 in the fourth quarter. That means each half the Saints are finishing strong. Overall scoring numbers have the Saints scoring 34 a game and giving up just over 27. Minnesota scores 25 while opponents score 23.6.

The Saints run defense is only giving up 3.1 yards per rush, the Vikings are at 3.7. Pass defense has been an achilles heel for New Orleans is they allow over 69 % completion rate, while Minnesota is less than 62. The Saints get an average of 25 first downs the home team is at about 20 a game. Red zone scoring is right at 50 per cent for the Vikings, the Saints better that mark at almost 67%.

Bottom line these are two evenly matched teams both trying to stack up wins. Receiver Adam Thielen leads the NFL in yardage on offense and on defense, Danielle Hunter is tied for the lead with 8 sacks. The ambulance hopper, Everson Griffin, gets back from his problems just in time to cause disruption to the Saints. This should be the best game of the week and will go down to the final few minutes.