London's calling, and the Minnesota Vikings hope to answer with a win against the New Orleans Saints.
Minnesota (2-1) and New Orleans (1-2) will start off a slate of five International Series games this season on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (CT), or 2:30 p.m. in London , on NFL Network.
The Vikings and the Saints have met 36 times, with Minnesota holding a 23-13 advantage in the all-time series. The Vikings have also won four of the five matchups in the postseason, including the famous “Minneapolis Miracle” game in January 2018 and another game-winning touchdown to former tight end Kyle Rudolph in January 2020.
New Orleans won the previous matchup on Christmas in 2020.
Both the Vikings and the Saints have won their previous two games in London. Minnesota defeated Pittsburgh in 2013 and Cleveland in 2017, and New Orleans defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in 2008 and the Miami Dolphins in 2017.
Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game:
Saints 23, Vikings 20 — Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Both teams here look squarely stuck in the NFL's middle, so I'm picking them to end this game with matching 2-2 records. The Saints arrived in London early, and I want to believe that getting over jet lag has an advantage for a squad with otherwise terrible juju.
Minnesota's placid defense may not test New Orleans' communication issues up front enough, and the Saints have the cornerback (Marshon Lattimore) and the secondary depth to slow down the Vikings passing game. If the Saints lose, their sloppy coaching and quarterback will be under a lot of heat. New Orleans has a lot of hanging injury situations, so check back later in the week for a potential switch.
Vikings 24, Saints 17 — John Breech, CBS Sports
The Saints flew straight to London after their Week 3 game against the Panthers and they landed on Monday. As for the Vikings, they're not leaving until Thursday night, which means they won't be landing until Friday.
Saints 21, Vikings 17 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
The Saints have major problems on offense right now, which is never a good thing. The Vikings rallied to beat the Lions, but they haven't looked the same on offense either. Where is Justin Jefferson? Plus Dalvin Cook could be out. This could be a low-scoring game, which I think the Saints will find a way to win.
Vikings 26, Saints 20 — Staff, Bleacher Report
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's win against the Detroit Lions, though he's expected to play through it with a brace, according toPro Football Talk. After astrong Week 1 performancewith nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Jefferson has lost his sizzle over the last two outings, having hauled in only nine catches for 62 yards.
Meanwhile, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is playing through four fractures in his back, per Fox Sports'Jay Glazer, along with an ankle injury. According to the New OrleansTimes-Picayune'sJeff Duncan, the team changed up its preparation for Sunday's game.
Vikings 24, Saints 17 — Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
Minnesota is still trying to figure out its offensive identity under [Head Coach] Kevin O'Connell. The Vikings can be a massive passing team with Kirk Cousins and it's good they have found some big-play pop away from Justin Jefferson. They also got on track running vs. the Lions and can still have more success on the ground with or without Dalvin Cook.
The Saints are all over the place in trying to find balance and explosiveness with Jameis Winston and will come in hurting more with key offensive injuries. Dennis Allen's defense can only contain so much in London.
Vikings 24, Saints 20 — Bill Bender, Sporting News
Early-morning football in London is back. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is struggling with interceptions, and Za'Darius Smith should be able to pressure Winston into at least one of those. The health of Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is a concern. Minnesota can't throw 40 times with Kirk Cousins every week.
Look back on photos from past games between the Vikings and the Saints.
Vikings 17, Saints 14 — Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk
This season's first London game features a Saints team that has struggled on offense and a Vikings team that has struggled on defense. I like the Vikings in a low-scoring game.
Vikings 24, Saints 20 — Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
The Vikings are good enough to win the games they should, not good enough to win the games they shouldn't. This is a game they should win.
Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 60% — FiveThirtyEight.com
7 of 7 experts (3 experts didn't pick) pick the Vikings, ESPN
4 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB
6 of 7 experts pick the Vikings, Bleacher Report
9 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, The Athletic