Both teams have obviously struggled — only the 0-13 Indianapolis Colts have been worse. But both teams remain dangerous because of a potent rushing attack and a pestering pass rush. In other words, the Saints (10-3) can’t go sleep-walking into Sunday’s game like they did at St. Louis in Week 8, when they lost 31-21 and got the wakeup call that helped inspire their current five-game winning streak.
Two seasons ago, the Saints were hosting the Vikings in the NFC championship game, both teams appearing to be set to contend for many seasons to come. But while New Orleans has maintained a high level, the Vikings have not. And yet, Minnesota (2-11) boasts one of the top defensive lines in the NFL.
Given their lackluster road record, it’s no surprise the New Orleans Saints are extra focused on securing at least one home game in the playoffs. Trying to move a step closer to that goal, the Saints could be in position to secure the NFC South title Sunday with a win over the Minnesota Vikings, who might have Adrian Peterson back from an ankle injury.
Titans rookie quarterback Jake Locker shredded the NFL’s 27th-ranked defense for 113 yards and two big plays, but no points. When they had to make a stop, the Saints did. Again. The defense preserved New Orleans’ 22-17 victory.
But the Vikings may be getting some good news prior to their game with the Saints as running back Adrian Peterson, and Ponder, should be in the starting lineup. Peterson suffered a high ankle sprain and ligament damage three weeks ago during the Vikings game against the Oakland Raiders.
New Orleans Saints tailback Mark Ingram (turf toe) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee) did not participate in practice again Thursday, making it highly unlikely that either will play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.