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Posted Dec. 18, 2011 @ 11:35 a.m. ET
By Eric Edholm

The Vikings have been competitive in losses to the Broncos and Lions, two playoff contenders, and have done so without RB Adrian Peterson. Today they get him back from injury, and he should have a say in this game. Peterson can help keep the league's second-most-dangerous QB this season, Drew Brees, off the field and tenderize the Saints' defense, especially their smallish LB group, some.

But Peterson only can do so much. The Saints are just too good. They can throw all day against a secondary that hasn't had an interception in eight games and only can be slowed defensively by the Vikings' pass rush. There will be weapons all over the field with Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, Lance Moore, Marques Colston and Devery Henderson, plus that run game.

The Saints might give up quite a bit of ground defensively, and Vikings QB Christian Ponder should make some big throws Sunday, but they are just too good offensively to lose to Minnesota.

Prediction: Saints 37, Vikings 28

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