How to Watch Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees meet for the first time since last season's playoffs on Christmas Day. DAN ANDERSON/EPA

Who says Christmas Day is only for NBA games. This week's Thursday Night Football game has been flexed to Friday to coincide with the holiday. It will feature two teams still fighting for a spot in the playoffs. For the New Orleans Saints, they are on good track to win a division title even with a loss last week since they have beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (their closest divisional competition) twice. This matchup looked much better on paper to start the season but it won't be a complete lump of coal this Christmas with the recent history of these two teams.

What TV Channel is Vikings-Saints on?

Vikings-Saints will be shown on FOX/NFL Network at 4:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.

How to Watch Vikings-Saints

When: Friday, December 25
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX/NFL Network
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)

The Vikings on the other hand are still technically in the playoff chase but that's more of a math equation than actually having a shot at making the postseason. Among the remaining teams left in playoff contention, the Vikings have the worst chance at just two percent. They lost to the Bears last week so to have any chance they will obviously need to beat the Saints and then the Lions to close out the season at 8-8. Then the Vikings need Chicago to lose at least once and the Cardinals to lose twice.

The Cardinals finish their season with two divisional opponents. The first is against the San Francisco 49ers who were eliminated from the playoffs last week after losing to the Cowboys and losing their backup QB. They'll be starting third-stringer C.J. Beathard. Their second game is against the Rams which could be a toss up matchup as Los Angeles is good but also just lost to the previously winless New York Jets. The Bears finish the season against the worst team in football, the Jacksonville Jaguars and then a Packers team who is likely to rest QB Aaron Rodgers after already wrapping up the NFC North and they are the favorites to earn the number one seed in the NFC. Best of luck Vikings fans.

These two have had crazy matchups in the playoffs recently. There was of course when the Saints were heavily favored and hit a walkoff bomb in the last seconds of the 2018 divisional playoff game when Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown pass now known for eternity as the "Minneapolis Miracle."

Then these two played again just this past January in another game the Saints were heavily favored in. This time it was in the Wild Card round where the Vikings won in overtime after Kirk Cousins drove down the field on the first drive to clinch the game-winning touchdown. This seemed like a positive trend to come for Cousins and the Vikings. Cousins signed an extension in the offseason but the Vikings fell flat soon after.

They traded Diggs to Buffalo and Cousins stats have been down across the board. It didn't help that their offensive coordinator left for the head coaching gig in Cleveland and their running first philosophy suffered with various injuries to stud back Dalvin Cook. The Vikings started the season 1-5 and looked toast from the offset. But they won five of their next six behind an emergence of rookie receiver Justin Jefferson who was drafted to replace Diggs. They've since lost their last two and need a different type of Minneapolis Miracle to get back into the playoffs.

That's because the Saints still look like one of the best teams in football. Drew Brees returned last week against the Kansas City Chiefs after suffering a broken rib and punctured lung injury. While he clearly wasn't at 100 percent, he came within a field goal of knocking off the best team in football without his top receiver Michael Thomas. He should be back for the playoffs and the Saints should win their division and have a high seed in the NFC postseason. The Vikings have to hope that they are resting their players and looking ahead to the playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Odds

Vikings Odds: +7
Saints Odds: -7
Money Line: Vikings +255 - Saints -320
Over/Under: 50.5

This has little to do with this game but is a fascinating story.