Saints Host Vikings In Home Opener
The New Orleans Saints are back in action on Sunday, playing host to the Minnesota Vikings in their 2014 home opener.
Kickoff time at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is scheduled for noon, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The Saints fell to the Cleveland Browns, 26-24, last week, dropping them to 0-2 on the young season, while the Vikings lost to the New England Patriots, 30-7, to fall to 1-1.
Minnesota leads the all-time series, 20-10, and have outscored New Orleans, 800-549, in the 30 match-ups between the two franchises.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 29.0 points, 434.5 total yards, 278 passing yards, and 156.5 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 570 yards and three touchdowns, injured running back Mark Ingram, who has accumulated 143 rushing yards, with three touchdowns, on 24 touches, and tight end Jimmy Graham, who has compiled 200 receiving yards, along with two touchdowns, on 18 catches.
Ingram is expected to miss at least one month of action, due to a broken hand.
The Vikings, offensively, are averaging 20.5 points, 286.0 total yards, 166.5 passing yards, and 119.5 rushing yards a contest.
Minnesota is paced by quarterback Matt Cassel, who has passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns.
The Vikings will be without the services of running back Adrian Peterson, who was put on the commissioner's exempt list
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 446.0 yards-per-game, which ranks 30th in the league, while the Vikings are allowing 305.0, which ranks 7th.
The game opens a stretch of games in which the Saints will play two of their next three game, and three of their next five match-ups at home.