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NFL Divisional Playoff Preview: Saints at Vikings

NFL Divisional Playoff Preview: Saints at Vikings

The clash of strengths in Sunday's NFC divisional-round contest between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings has the potential to produce the best game of the weekend in the NFL.

New Orleans jettisoned former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after a miserable four-game run and thrived with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, becoming one of the league's most unsafe running back duos.

But this year's Super Bowl, of course, is in Minnesota, at US Bank Stadium.

The pass rush helped clinch the Saints' 31-26 victory over the Panthers during NFC wild-card weekend.

The offense just has to take care of the football.

It was reported by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe that the Vikings plan to have Bradford in uniform this Sunday.

"I shot my shot and said what I said and had to back it up", Jordan said. Since 2013, quarterbacks making their first career playoff starts have gone 3-12, with two of those wins coming in games where one first-time quarterback played another first-time quarterback, meaning there needed to be a victor. Vikings' record against spread in regular season was best in NFL.

With all the focus on Minnesota wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and their matchup against the terrific young corners in the Saints secondary, Keenum will rely on a safety valve to have some success through the air.

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The Saints are an excellent team on a hot streak, led by a Hall of Fame quarterback and with a Super Bowl title already under their belt (from 2009, when they beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship game).

The Vikings have only lost three games all season.

This will be FOX's only chance to sling a game our way, so watch it on one of their local affiliates or on your mobile device. "If (a backup is) pressed into service, Sam has a little bit of an advantage because he played early on and that could be their thinking that Teddy hasn't played all year (except for the two series) and Sam has played a little bit". At the time, the National Football League playoffs might as well have been on the moon for the Saints' chances of reaching them. During an interview this week, Cameron touched upon Doleman while looking back at some top players who were teammates of his father.

"At 6'6", Rudolph can be an asset in the red zone as Keenum looks to find a reliable target that can create separation from a defender.

At least there's no argument about Keenum being Minnesota's starter anymore, right?

Where the Saints have an edge is on third-and-long.

Brees has thrown for over 300 yards in seven of his 12 postseason games, including last Sunday's 376-yard showing against the Panthers.

A couple more must-haves: Ladies, if you're headed to the stadium, be sure to pack your Saints stadium-approved see-though bag. The team with the elite defense tends to hold the edge in these offense vs. defense showdowns, but five points may be a hard spread to cover against a Saints offense led by one of the game's all-time great quarterbacks.


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