Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Week 3 Analysis

New Orleans SaintsThe Minnesota Vikings were not in dire need of Adrian Peterson’s services for them to win a game after Cordarrelle Patterson worked his magic on the field in Week 1, leading the team to beat the St. Louis Rams 34-6. Many Live betting fans saw this as a truly amazing win, and are not so sure anymore about the Vikings’ dependency on Peterson.

Well, the Vikings’ fans did see that the team seemed to be completely out of sorts without Peterson among their ranks, as in Week 2 they were horribly beaten by the New England Patriots 30-7.

Now, for the very first time since 2012, Minnesota will look for more consecutive away wins when they travel to New Orleans to face the Saints. In the rushing department, Patterson was able to surpass Peterson when the team took on the Rams by getting 102 yards with a TD on only three carries, while on 21 carries, Peterson only got 75 yards.

But Patterson was not able to get any carries when his team took on New England, who were focused on not letting the wideout get a single touch, and this job could have proved to have been much tougher for the Patriots if AP was there get most of the attention of the defense. So, as Peterson is out of the game for yet another week, Matt Asiata will be the one to start for Minnesota at the RB position.

Cassel’s game against New England was nothing short of atrocious, as the player had four very big interceptions, and ended up throwing for 202 yards on 19-of-36 passing, along with a TD. The player should be better off if he connects with Patterson against New Orleans’ defense.

Now, regarding the Saints, who last season were polar opposites away and at home, keep on under-performing when they happen to be away from their Superdome, as the lost to the Falcons (37-34 in OT) and to the Browns (26-24), to start a 0-2 season.

But New Orleans’ struggle early on is more than only based on the game’s location. The majority of the Saints’ problems can be directly blamed on a defense that let their opponents get a very generous total yards average of 446.0 a game. New Orleans’ sporadic blitzes were especially bad, as they simply could not add any significant amount of pressure on Brian Hoyer and Matt Ryan and, who had 652 passing yards combined.

Rob Ryan, the team’s defensive coordinator, tries to use those disasters in the game as warnings to the team that his seat will warm up even more if New Orleans messes up on Sunday when they try to keep Asiata and QB Matt Cassel at bay.

However, where New Orleans seemed to do a good enough job, is on their offense – something that can prove vital this Sunday. Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees keep on being their offensive talismans. Brees records 285.0 passing yards per game, along with three TD’s, while Graham’s game had 118 receiving yards with two TD’s when the team were beaten by Cleveland.

Brees will probably often throw the ball to whoever is covered by Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota CB who many fans know can be a real danger. In Week 2, Rhodes – who is healing from an injury to the groin – was abused by who else but Tom Brady. Six of the QB’s 22 passes were thrown at the CB’s direction, and four of them were thrown when Rhodes was going after receiver Julius Edelman.

Live betting fans saw that last season, New Orleans ended with a very sad 3-5 away record, but at home they made it to the playoffs with a record of 8-0. Now perhaps they can do something about their very aggravating season when they face the Vikings at home.