Mike Zimmer hopes Minnesota Vikings thrill home support in Saints clash

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

This would indicate that Bradford would likely be the next man up if something were to happen to Keenum during Minnesota's matchup against the Saints. The NFC South Champion New Orleans Saints (12-5) travel to U.S. Bank Stadium to face off against the NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings (13-3). "In my mind", Keenum said, "it's my team". But that conveniently ignores the fact Bradford has played a meaningful football game in the last two years, unlike Bridgewater since his major knee injury late in the 2016 preseason.

Playing at Minnesota doesn't appear to be the recipe for consistently driving the ball offensively, so the Saints will need to hit on some big plays if possible.

Another injury stricken team, the Vikings have proven themselves worthy contenders this season even after their star QB Sam Bradford suffered a knee injury midway through the season. Minnesota has defied the odds this season as they have had to rely on career backup Case Keenum to lead their offense but he has been excellent behind centre and has led to a breakout for a Vikings offense that can beat you down field with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and also between the numbers with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.

Case Keenum will be the Vikings starting quarterback in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings have a lot of keys guys with dings, but all should suit up and play. "I'm excited. I'm pumped". They have proven it this whole season, and now they have the opportunity to show it in the playoffs.

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.

The Vikings have only lost three games all season.

He might be nervous, but he doesn't feel pressure. Considering how hard it figures to be to get first downs against Minnesota's defense, perhaps it's also time to utilize Kamara as the team's punt returner as well.

The Vikings are 13-3 this season, but only five of those games came against playoff teams - and they're just 3-2 in those games. The OVER is 7-2 in the last nine games between these two teams. It's the same field and same stadium and same amount of time. "Obviously we were trying to find touches for Adrian, and yet that was taking touches away from Mark and maybe stunting the growth of Kamara a little bit".

The Vikings and Saints have met up in the playoffs three times. He was on the practice squad of the Texans' playoff team in 2012 and hopes that has given him a hint of what to expect this weekend.

The New Orleans Saints carry their high octane offense into Minnesota to take on the Vikings in the NFC divisional round on Sunday. Has 196 career receptions, most by player in 1st 2 seasons in National Football League history.

The favorite has been a good play in this series, cashing in all four of the last four meetings between these two teams. "I don't have to be anybody but myself. The coverage is tight and the clock in the quarterback's head is quicker because the pass rush is present and that leads to more mistakes".

Adrian Peterson is a first-ballot Hall of Fame running back who was capable of dominating games during his prime with the Minnesota Vikings.

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