New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings: 3 key matchups (1 Viewer)

(Photo by Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune)

By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

As the New Orleans Saints have said repeatedly this week: Last year is last year, these are two different teams.

It's true. This version of the Saints is different than the one that went 0-2 against Minnesota last season, and this version of the Vikings is definitely different than the one that ended the Saints season in the playoffs a year ago.

So it is not a great idea to look back at last season's game to try and figure out how this one will play out. Instead, look at these three areas from this year's teams.

1. Vikings rush defense vs. Saints running backs

Another week, another tough test for the Saints rushing offense.

Minnesota enters this week’s game with the NFL’s No. 5 rush defense, and has only allowed more than 100 yards in two games this season — in back-to-back games against the Bills and Rams. The Vikings have allowed just 212 yards in their last three games combined against the Eagles, Cardinals and Jets.

This marks the third consecutive week the Saints are facing a top-10 rush defense.

“We’ve been seeing the best defenses in the league,” said Saints left tackle Terron Armstead. ...

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