NFL Week 4 Preview: New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings

The New Orleans Saints play the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in the NFL's first international game of the 2022 NFL season. The teams will face off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England at 9:30 AM ET in Week 4. The Vikings got the better of the Saints in a pair of memorable recent playoff games, including the Minneapolis Miracle in the 2017 Divisional Round, but they'll meet this week for the first time since legendary quarterback Drew Brees retired. The Vikings are 3.5-point favorites to deliver the Saints more heartbreak.

The Saints' regular season got off to a raucous start in Week 1 when they topped the Atlanta Falcons in a spectacular 27-26 come-from-behind victory. It's been tough sledding since then. Quarterback Jameis Winston unravelled with three interceptions in the fourth quarter during a 20-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, and never got in the game in a 22-14 Week 3 defeat to the Carolina Panthers. If the Saints want to right the ship, they'll need to manage Winston's propensity for back-breaking negative plays: the quarterback leads the league with five interceptions and has been sacked 11 times. With Winston potentially in line to miss Week 4, the team may find out whether or not they're better off with second-string quarterback Andy Dalton.

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The Vikings have been on a rollercoaster ride of their own making through three weeks of the regular season. After a dominant 23-7 win over last year's top-seeded Green Bay Packers in their season opener, the Vikings went to pieces on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles in a 24-7 Week 2 loss. Week 3 began similarly disastrously, with the Detroit Lions jumping out to a 24-14 fourth-quarter lead, but the Vikings snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a pair of late touchdowns to secure a 28-24 win. For the Vikings to steady themselves, they'll need more consistent play from quarterback Kirk Cousins and superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson. After hooking up nine times for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 1, Cousins and Jefferson have only completed nine of 18 targets for a modest 62 yards.

The New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England this Sunday at 9:30 AM ET.
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