Vikings vs. Saints: Week 15 preview

The Minnesota Vikings tackle the New Orleans Saints today at Mall of America Field. Right now, the Saints are fighting for a No. 2 seed in the NFL playoffs while the Vikings are fighting to avoid having the worst record in franchise history.
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The New Orleans Saints. Yes, they're good again -- with quarterback Drew Brees better than ever before. And yes, the Vikings are bad this year -- with quarterback Christian Ponder admitting: "I've got to do a better job."

BUT: In January of 2010 (yes, we're going there), the Purple put a definite scare in the Saints' Super Bowl plans ... but just a scare:

Oh well. As you might have heard, both teams have gone their opposite ways since 2009. As for this Sunday, the Vikings will not only try to bust their 5-game losing streak, but will try to come up with an interception. If not, the Daily Norseman says the Vikes will set another ridiculous record for the 2011 season.

That's the setup. It'll be on TV, since it's a sellout -- and Adrian Peterson will be in the backfield. Upset? Not likely. Vikes covering the 7-point spread? Not likely. Unexpected drama no matter what? Likely.

To hear more from the players involved, check out a ton of audio from our partner Eric Nelson, who heads up GameDay Gold Sports Media:

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