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The top 5 ‘Must Win’ games for the New Orleans Saints in 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: The Minnesota Vikings defense lines up against the New Orleans Saints offense during their game on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: The Minnesota Vikings defense lines up against the New Orleans Saints offense during their game on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 18: (L-R) Drew Brees
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Here are a few tidbits about the Vikings:

  • In 2016, they started off 5-0 but finished 8-8.
  • Will Teddy Bridgewater see the field in 2017?
  • The Vikings were ranked 3rd in total defense in 2016 giving up 314.9 yards a game.
  • Points allowed they finished 6th (19.2 ppg).
  • In 2015, their record was 11-5.

The Minnesota Vikings is the opening game on the Saints schedule on Monday Night Football. Also, the Vikings are no slouch. Lat year, injuries took a toll on the team’s potential. This team has the ability to make it into the playoffs and do some damage.

Moreover, there’s usually NEVER a ‘must win’ game in week one. However, this year is unlike no other. Ultimately, the Saints could lose this game and still have a great season. At the same time, there just isn’t really another game in the first six that will be easy. Also, the New England Patriots come to the dome the next week. Surely, the Saints don’t want to be forced to beat the reigning World Champions!

The hype for this game is gonna be OFF THE CHARTS. Adrian Peterson makes his first appearance in a color that’s not purple. And the crowd is gonna be just crazy stupid loud. The Saints need to steal this one somehow. If the Saints can survive the crowd noise for the first quarter, a win is more than possible. Watch out for the new running back Dalvin Cook. Week one is critical.

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