The New Orleans Saints carry their high octane offense into Minnesota to take on the Vikings in the NFC divisional round on Sunday. The Saints led that one wire to wire but their defense was forced to stop a driving Cam Newton at the very end of the game to escape with the victory. Four months ago on a Monday night at Minnesota (Week 1), Vikings managed a 29-19 win - snapping a four-game overall losing streak in this series...
But while the atmosphere at U.S. Bank Stadium will very much work in the Vikings favour, the NFC championship game will be played in Philadelphia on January 21 no matter what team has better balance Sunday in Minneapolis. "We're just going to watch the game", linebacker Nigel Bradham said.
"It's time", said Childress, elected in a landslide a year after leading the Vikings to victory in Super Bowl XLIV. Rhodes, Thomas' adversary on Sunday, is one of the best cover corners in the game. "We are definitley looking forward to playing those guys".
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Drew Brees said, "We didn't know who we were at that time". Lattimore has five interceptions on the season and feels much more confident than he did when he faced the Vikings in the season opener.
"I enjoyed the time I spent with those teams", he said of his interviews, "but you quickly get back into preparing for the Saints". Drew Brees will have his moments but it's Zimmer's offense and ground attack that will be the difference as the Purple Gang keeps Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara under wraps for the majority of the afternoon... QB Case Keenum: 67.5 comp. pct. Having an 11-5 record during the regular season, the Saints were an offensive juggernaut with a Top 5 ranking in points per game (28), yards per game (391.2), passing yards per game (261.8) and rushing yards per game (129.4). The duo became the first pair of running backs in National Football League history to both top 1,500 yards from scrimmage. If there's one thing you can say about the Saints it might be that their biggest contributors are rookies, and they might not play as well on the road. I've admired how he moves the ball down field and what kind of leader he is. The Vikings also lost their starting quarterback this season when Sam Bradford, who was acquired from the Eagles, re-injured his knee early in the season.
Home crowd and that defense should be enough for Vikings to inch past the Saints, who hope turnovers will help them score.