Essentials to win the game
The offense’s job is to score points, correct? That is exactly what the Vikings’ much maligned unit must do. Although touchdowns are preferred, the offense must come away with any type of points they can, when given the opportunity. Not sure if you know this, but the Saints and Drew Brees can normally score at will; points will be needed to match them.
The Viking Age
Brees and the Saints’ offense cannot normally be stopped. Heck, they can normally not even be contained. What the Vikings’ defense must do, is limit the sustaining long drives and get off the field on third down.
Downfalls to avoid
This team in not structured to be in a shootout with the Saints. The defense has to hold the high-powered offense to as little as possible. Truthfully, if the Vikings’ defense gives up more than 25 points, this game may be ugly. I swear, that is not negative, it’s just the truth. The only way to keep the Saints from running up the score is getting off the field on third down and limiting the big plays.
As exciting as it may be that Peterson in back in Minnesota, nobody in purple will want him to break out in a Saints jersey. The Vikings were susceptible to the run in 2016 and the preseason; they can hopefully be on point this week. The last thing the defensive line wants or needs is for Peterson to look other-worldly.