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. "I'd like to remind my friend Senator Kennedy that the Vikings kicked off this season with a win against New Orleans-and I know we can do it again!" said Klobuchar.
The Vikings are the superior team in this matchup.
Bradford started against the Saints in Week 1 and completed 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards with three scores and a career-best passer rating of 143.0. But if Keenum begins to struggle, could we see Bradford?
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.
Now, the Saints find themselves back in Minneapolis on an Arctic Sunday afternoon in the NFC divisional round. But both these teams are vastly different from where they each were in Week 1.
The Vikings haven't dressed three quarterbacks for a game since November 7, 2013, when Leslie Frazier was the coach and Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman all were active against Washington.
Minnesota, meanwhile, enjoyed a first-round bye after a 13-3 season and are two wins from a dream home Super Bowl, something which has never been managed. "If I perform like I know I can we're going to be good".
The Saints know what they have in future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
Last week you probably noticed plenty of stories about how the Los Angeles Rams were going to make a run at the NFC. Keenum hasn't let go of the starting job since, helping get the Vikings to the playoffs by throwing 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Kamara is definitely a guy that can bounce to the outside.
"He's only been sacked 20 times, and typically he's getting the ball out in 2.5 seconds, so they understand", he 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. They've held two of their past three opponents to fewer than 46 yards. The Saints have the top explosive pass play rate, among National Football League teams, tallying 55 plays of 15-plus yards.
Playoff experience is talked about quite a bit this time of year.
"I love it when these guys come back that to me is a sign you have a program and so I want them always to feel welcome they were a big part of what all of us are now standing on", explained Payton. Drew Brees loves playing in domes. The New Orleans offense is no joke, but there is no doubt that this Vikings defense is capable of shutting them down.
There's only one player, defensive end Brian Robison, who's still around from that season, however. Lattimore led the team with five.
If the Vikings advance to the Super Bowl, they would be the. You realize just how hard it is to get there and then win it when you do. You'll also want to pack some items that reflect the flavor and spirit of New Orleans.
Like Brees, Keenum didn't make mistakes once replacing Bradford.
On his time as a young child in Minnesota: "I remember jumping in some leaves, getting so cold outside we got locked out of a auto". This is going to be a very exciting game and while the Vikes have home field here I think the line is moving in the wrong direction as this one should be a field goal game. It wasn't a great day for an improved New Orleans defense. Left guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel were placed on injured reserve this week.
Rudolph was a full participant in practice Wednesday and was confident about how the ankle will feel Sunday.
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