Saints return to Minnesota with new identity from season opener

The New Orleans Saints rematch with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC divisional playoffs will be the subject of Thursday's Dunc & Holder radio show

The New Orleans Saints rematch with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC divisional playoffs will be the subject of Thursday's Dunc & Holder radio show

"I've been a fan of his for a long time", Keenum said.

Under-the-radar potential X factor: Defensive rookie of the year candidate Marshon Lattimore gets most of the attention in a stellar young Saints secondary, but second-round rookie safety Marcus Williams has really been coming on.

Bradford was last seen in a game Week 5 against the Chicago Bears, as he appeared nowhere near 100 percent healthy with a lingering left knee injury. I don't have to be anybody but myself. It's also worth wondering if the Vikings will keep Teddy Bridgewater active. "That's all I have to be".

"We've got a great group of guys here", he said, "and I think we're all excited to be extending our season".

Now, with a berth to the NFC championship game on the line, Kamara said there's no confusion this time around.

Case Keenum understood, as well as anyone, that he was a placeholder. Brees roots for the little guy, too.

"He's had a great career, great year, and it's going to be a tough battle", Vikings offensive tackle Mike Remmers said, via the AP. "So you're not put in those situations where he can get comfortable and sit in the pocket and get into their groove". He's shorter than the National Football League standard for their position, too. They both are averaging more than five yards per carry.

As limited as the Saints' passing game has been this season, perhaps the Vikings wouldn't be prepared for a sneak attack. "I think our crowd will be into it".

Their last postseason game, on January 24, 2010, went into overtime with the Saints winning 31-28 in the NFC Championship Game. Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combined for 3,094 total offensive yards this year. They each had more than 1,500 total yards in 2017. There's going to be a running back that I want to destroy. Saints' defense ranked eighth in National Football League in sacks per pass attempt in regular season and sacked Panthers' Cam Newton four times last week, including one by team leader Cameron Jordan.

Starting quarterback has been a big topic around the Vikings since the start of last season.

The Saints are better now, but it wasn't an instant turnaround after Week 1.

"I feel like I've gotten better", Keenum said in November.

"It doesn't matter, " Smith said. "This is who I'm playing for". Minnesota, the second favorite on the updated odds to win Super Bowl 52, is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games against New Orleans.

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. Plucked off the Jaguars' practice squad late last season, he's been one of the bigger surprises on the team this year. To get there, though, they'll have to get past the New Orleans Saints this weekend. And if they reach the Super Bowl, they'll be playing in their very own stadium. I believe the Vikings will lead most of the way, but Brees will lead a game-winning drive, capped off with a last-minute field goal. Ten of the losses were by double digits, including the 29-19 loss to start this season. If this game was played on paper, it nearly wouldn't be worth playing.

The Saints return to U.S. Bank Stadium with the confidence that, as coach Sean Payton often says, only comes with demonstrated ability.

"I want to destroy them just the same".

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