Three Things to Know

THREE THINGS TO KNOW

1. ROAD WARRIORS: Sean Payton’s team completes its road schedule Sunday and goes into the game at Minnesota with a 29-18 mark since he took over in 2006 — third-best in the NFL in that span.

2. TOUGH TIMES: The Saints historically have had trouble in the Vikings’ home, falling in their past five visits dating to the 1994 season — including a 34-16 setback in the 2000 NFC Divisional Playoff.

3. NOT PICKY: The Vikings and Saints are near the bottom of the league in interceptions, with the Vikings having six and the Saints seven in 13 games. Between the two, that’s one every two games.

WHO HAS THE EDGE

Offense -- Saints

Defense -- Vikings

Special teams -- Saints

Intangibles -- Saints

PREDICTION

The Vikings may not be as bad as their 2-11 record indicates, and they’re getting Adrian Peterson back Sunday. With that in mind, the Saints will have to be at their best -- especially on defense.

SAINTS 30, VIKINGS 21

Sheldon Mickles

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