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2020 New Orleans Saints opponent profile: Minnesota Vikings

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02 Jul 2020, 06:11 GMT+10

Vikings travel to New Orleans on Christmas Day to take on the Saints

Opponent: Minnesota Vikings

Coach: Mike Zimmer

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins

2019 record: 10-6, second in NFC North

Most recent regular season matchup: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018: Saints 30, Vikings 20

2020 game: Friday, Dec. 25 - Week 16 at 3:30 p.m. on Fox

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Vikings-Saints series record: Vikings lead 23-12-0

2019 season recap:

The Minnesota Vikings made their third postseason appearance and a fourth regular-season winning record (10-6) in six seasons under Coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota eliminated the New Orleans Saints from the postseason for the second time in three seasons with a wild-card win in the Mercedes-benz Superdome. Despite sitting in Week 17, quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 26 touchdowns, tied for eighth in the NFL, and a 69.1 completion percentage, fourth in the NFL. Cousins also had a career-low six interceptions. Running back Dalvin Cook had a breakout year with 13 rushing touchdowns, fourth in the NFL, and ranked seventh in the NFL in scrimmage yards with 1,654. Cook rushed for a career-high 1,135 yards, the first Vikings player to surpass the 1,000-yard mark since Adrian Peterson in 2015. The Vikings sent eight players to the Pro Bowl, including five defensive players. Defensive end Danielle Hunter recorded his 50th career sack, becoming the youngest player in NFL history to reach that milestone. Also, safety Anthony Harris picked off six interceptions during the 2019 season, tied first in the NFL. Mike Zimmer will continue his tenure with the Vikings, entering his seventh season in 2020.

Notable additions:

Defensive tackle - Michael Pierce Defensive end - Anthony Zettel Wide receiver - Tajae Sharpe

Notable losses:

Wide receiver - Stefon Diggs Cornerback - Xavier Rhodes Defensive end - Everson Griffen

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