The NFL will release the full schedule for the 2022 NFL season next week, but the league gave us something to talk about this week when it announced the five-game international slate for 2022.
In February, the league announced that the New Orleans Saints would be involved in one of those games. Now we know who they’ll face — the Minnesota Vikings. The game will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Oct. 2 at 8:30 a.m. CT.
If you are looking forward to betting on the Week 4 contest, DraftKings Louisiana and BetRivers Louisiana have posted odds for the Saints-Vikings game and for the other four international games. More Louisiana sports betting apps will pst their own odds in the near future
Saints Vs. Viking Odds For London Game
The odds are subject to change as the offseason progresses and the 2022 regular season unfolds, but if you think one team is overrated and the other underrated, you do not have to wait to get in on the action:
|DraftKings||Vikings -1 (-110) |
Saints +1 (-110)
|Vikings -115 |
|Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
|BetRivers||Vikings -1.5 (-107) |
Saints +1.5 (-114)
|Vikings -120 |
|Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
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New Orleans Saints (9-8 SU, 9-8 ATS in 2021)
The Saints team that takes the field in London will be missing two key faces from the 2017 team that lost the infamous Minneapolis Miracle — quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. Losing Brees is a blow the offense has yet to recover from as the team is still looking for its next franchise quarterback.
Former defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the new head coach. While his defense has been impressive in recent years, his track record as a head coach is unimpressive. He was 8-28 for the Raiders in two-plus years. The Raiders posted 4-12 records in 2012 and in 2013. They were 0-4 in the 2014 season when Allen was fired.
Jameis Winston will likely get the nod at quarterback. Before getting hurt last season, the former Buccaneers QB had a solid showing in the first seven games. He was not good enough to become the new franchise quarterback, but since the Saints did not draft a QB, the job appears to be his for the season unless Andy Dalton figures out how to turn back time.
The passing game should get a boost with WR Michael Thomas’s return and the addition of rookie WR Chris Olave.
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Minnesota Vikings (8-9 SU, 9-8 ATS in 2021)
The Vikings have a solid core on offense in Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook. But head coach Mike Zimmer is gone, and the defense has not been the same since early in his head coaching tenure. In 2020 they ranked 29th and gave up close to 30 points per game.
Last season was better (25.1 points per game), but there is plenty of room for improvement. To that end, Minnesota addressed some of the deficiencies through free agency and with five of their first six picks in the 2022 draft.
With the game taking place in Week 4, the big question for the Vikings may be how well they know new head coach Kevin O’Connell’s system.
With new head coaches for both teams, it is hard to say just what either team will look like. The Saints may have an edge since Allen has served as the defensive coordinator since 2015, but Winston is a question mark at quarterback. It is hard to say Andy Dalton would be any better.
However, the Saints’ defense will keep the team in the game. If the Vikings’ offense is still working out the kinks and learning Kevin O’Connell’s system, the New Orleans Saints could steal a win and remain undefeated in international games.
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