Vikings Game across the Pond Will Evidently Be ‘Delicious’

Vikings Game across the Pond Will Evidently Be 'Delicious'
Drew Brees and Jameis Winston

A self-professed “eater of Ws” takes on the Minnesota Vikings this October in London.

That eater is New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, and the NFL announced on Wednesday the Vikings and Saints would occupy Tottenham Spur Stadium for a Week 4 game.

Reacting to that news — possibly using some hyperbole — NFL Network‘s Kyle Brandt coined the matchup “delicious.”

“One of the things we do in America that’s kind of insufferably American is we describe things as delicious that aren’t food or you can’t eat. Jameis Winston versus Kirk Cousins is delicious,” Brandt said.

Brandt continued, “Let’s have a 48-45 game. {…]They’ll go out chucking. Justin Jefferson in Minnesota. Chris Olave could be this year’s Justin Jefferson.”

If the Vikings allow 45 or 48 points to the Winston-led Saints, it will indicate the 2022 offseason corrective measures on defense failed. So, for the Vikings sake, they’ll hope the proposed shootout is tamer than that.

While the Vikings defense collapsed in almost every crucial end-of-half situation last season, the Saints defense was formidable, ranking second in the NFL for defensive EPA/play. Only the Buffalo Bills were better on defense per efficiency analytics.

Nov 7, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports.

Therefore, there is obviously a chance this contest is a delicious chuck-fest, but the numbers from last year don’t necessarily echo Brandt’s prediction. We shall see.

Minnesota and New Orleans are undefeated in across-the-pond battle, holding 2-0 records, respectively. This can be considered the rubbermatch.

As of late, the Vikings have the Saints number in the playoffs, ending their postseason dreams — dramatically — in 2017 and 2019. Then, in 2020, New Orleans crushed Minnesota on Christmas day, 52-33, in a regular season game.

The Vikings are [very] early one-point favorites to beat the Saints in London.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).