Cover 32 New Orleans Staff: WAY Too Early Predictions (Week 1)

Jun 13, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs through a drill during minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL season in arguably one of the most agonizing and hard-to-wait-through months of the calendar in terms of football changes, updates, and overall news, the Cover 32 New Orleans staff decided to tell you just what we are thinking in terms of games the New Orleans Saints will play each week.

Though for now we don’t know much about how this team will play as a unit, with so many changes, signings, and newly traded pieces fitting into the overall puzzle, our writers give you their thoughts on the Saints’ first game, which features an interesting twist thanks to new signee Adrian Peterson.

Game: Away @ Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans SaintsW(ay too early)eek 1 Predictions: Cover 32 Staff

Writer: Ben Nettleton (@BenCover32)

Prediction: New Orleans Saints 24 – Minnesota Vikings 21 

This is the year the Saints fortunes change. It’s been 4 years since the Saints have even had a winning record at some point in the season, and this team feels very motivated to start things off right. I think the offense will start slow, and the defense will take a bit to settle in. After the first quarter though, the offense will look a little more natural, and the defense will start to get their feet under them. I think we see a double digit quarter in the 3rd for the Saints, and the defense pins its ears back and gets a few sacks. Ultimately though, I think this will come down to Drew Brees to lead the team in the 4th quarter. I think the Saints will have a “must-score” drive in the 4th quarter, and Drew Brees will find Alvin Kamara multiple times as the Saints steal a big win in Minnesota to start the season 1-0 for the first time since 2013.

Writer: Ruben Logan (@SportsPillowTlk)

Prediction: New Orleans Saints 27 – Minnesota Vikings 20 

The return of Adrian Peterson. In my opinion, this game will be dictated on how well the Saints offensive lines plays. The unit comes into the season already banged up and as of now the Saints are crossing their fingers that Max Unger will be healthy. I’m going to trust that Sean Payton who will have all training camp to solve the new flux that the offensive line is in. The Vikings are strong in the linebacking core and defensive backs, but they lack a pass rush to bother Drew Brees.

If the Saints can open holes for Ingram and Peterson, the play action game will really bother the Minnesota defense. I think they can squeak out a win in the Monday Night opener.  

Writer: Brenden Ertle (@BrendenE_Saints)

Prediction: New Orleans Saints 31 – Minnesota Vikings 17 

A homecoming for a first ballot hall of famer Adrian Peterson, in prime time, does it get any better than that. Drew Brees in prime time has been nearly unstoppable for years. The prime time success will continue, the Saints three headed backfield will be too much for the Vikings on Monday night football. Vikings defense is very good but Drew Brees, the three headed backfield and Michael Thomas and the Saint wideouts will be too much for the Vikings defense to handle. Sam Bradford had one of the better years of his career very quietly last season, breaking Drew Brees completion percentage. With the Viking below average offensive line the Saints D line will look to take advantage. I believe this will be a close game throughout and the Saints running game will be able to put away the game late, with a big night from Adrian Peterson.



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Writer: John Griffitt (@jgrif32)

Prediction: New Orleans Saints 27 – Minnesota Vikings 20 

The storyline for this game will undoubtedly be Adrian Peterson making his return to Minnesota, as it should be. Peterson is one of the best running backs of all time, and had some extraordinary seasons with the Vikings. Mark Ingram is rightfully the starter in the Saints backfield, but Peterson will make his mark as he proves how much he has left in the tank. Peterson scores twice while the defense starts off the season well with consistent quarterback pressure.

Writer: Christopher White (@_EddiexxD)

Prediction: New Orleans Saints 31 – Minnesota Vikings 17 

The New Orleans Saints travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in the season opener Monday night. While this might look like a potential revenge game for Adrian Peterson against his former team, the Saints will be looking to start off 1-0 for the first time since 2013. Minnesota poses a threat with their stingy defense ranking 3rd in yards given up and 6th in points per game last year. With the defense much improved since last year, a shootout shouldn’t be expected against a below average offense. Brees and company produce on offense with added motivation across the board while the defense gets a great start to the season holding the Vikings to under 270 total yards and an added 2 turnovers. The Saints start the season off right getting their first win of the season against the Vikings 34-17.

An overall optimistic tone for the Saint’s first week matchup against Minnesota, at least according to our staff here at Cover 32 New Orleans. Have any questions, comments, predictions, or want to get involved yourself? Comment here, DM any of our writers on twitter, and ask or talk to them! We are always up to discuss.

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