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Minnesota Vikings: 3 Key players to beating Saints in Divisional Round

Minnesota Vikings: 3 Key players to beating Saints in Divisional Round Minnesota Vikings: 3 Key players to beating Saints in Divisional Round
Noah Ferguson | 20 January, 2018, 09:48

They had to wait until the very end of their bye week to find out who they would be facing in the divisional round game, with the Saints topping the Carolina Panthers, 31-26, in New Orleans on Sunday night.

The Vikings have only lost three games all season. "Case has done a phenomenal job, phenomenal job".

"They got a little bit of everything", Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said.

For food, bring your own King Cake, and we hear the Vikings fans like pie, so maybe a few Haydel's hand pies, too. The good news is that Kyle Rudolph and Pat Elflein is not on the list, meaning they are good to go.

It's more about whether the Vikings defence can keep Brees and Co quiet, helped by a raucous crowd and home-field advantage.

"I was just sitting there observing". Defensively, Kamara and Ingram's explosive run combined with the future Hall of Fame talent of Drew Brees should be a challenge to Minnesota, but I expect this elite defensive unit to bend rather than break.

"Plus he's from Texas". There's that balance. It's one of the things Minnesota does well. "We have some pride coming from Texas".

This year's unit isn't close to that level, but the play-caller and quarterback are the same.

The other conspiracy theory is the last thing the National Football League wants is Nick Foles vs. Case Keenum in the NFC Championship Game. This is crunch time.

If you don't want to sign up for Sky, you can watch the playoffs on NowTV with their Sky Sports pass starting from £6.99.

As good as he was during the regular season, the playoffs can be a different story. "This is where it's fun". The Saints have become more balanced and dynamic on offense through the talented rushing duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The following week, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw three first-quarter touchdown passes while New England totaled 555 yards in a win.

"At this point you know next week is not guaranteed so you know you are fighting for the opportunity to have another week". Sunday will be his first playoff game.

Last week you probably noticed plenty of stories about how the Los Angeles Rams were going to make a run at the NFC. But he did point to Bradford having thrown for 346 yards in a 29-19 win over New Orleans in the September 11 opener and te quarterback at least having played more this season than Bridgewater. Brees was 27-of-37 for 291 yards and one touchdown.

The Saints have put 21 players on injured reserve this season, compared to 10 for Minnesota.

While Boston Globe writer Ben Volin has a source saying Bradford will suit up for the first time since Week 5, the No. 1 source on all things Vikings - head coach Mike Zimmer - offered a different take.

Keenum finished the season 325-of-481 passing for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions and a passer rating of 98.3, the fifth-highest by a Vikings quarterback in a season.

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