Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

NFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Saints-Vikings

NFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Saints-Vikings

Keenum will start his first playoff game Sunday against New Orleans, with a raucous home crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium ready to cheer the next step toward the franchise's elusive first championship.

Although quarterback Case Keenum has enjoyed a stellar 2017 National Football League season, it seems the Vikings will be looking to add some depth behind him for the playoffs.

Brees can put a defense on the ropes with his bevy of weapons on offense, but it'll be lights out for the Vikings if they allow Thomas to get going. "But I love the way that guy plays, and he's played extremely well for his team".

"They're a quick team and they give us some trouble", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said of Chicago. This week is a big one since the Minnesota Vikings are facing off against the New Orleans Saints. I think that's always the best way.

Snead fell behind Coleman in the Saints' pecking order when he missed the first three games of the season because of a DUI suspension, then missed two more games with a hamstring injury. Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum. Let's not forget the Saints played in the most hard division in football and they still were first in yards-per-play differential.

"He's just a talented guy that can make the throws", says linebacker Craig Robertson. "To be a part of a playoff run like that and to see the preparation that goes into it and to see just how quickly the game goes - I mean it goes so fast and everything's so amplified - I think it was good experience for me".

NFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Saints-Vikings
NFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Saints-Vikings

Given the Jaguars' elite defense and Pittsburgh's inconsistent offense, Jacksonville actually has decent odds at pulling off an upset this week. The Saints surrendered 4.4 yards per rush during the regular season, and they had some trouble with backs Christian McCaffrey and James White in pass defense. This shows the Saints can beat you in many different ways. Plucked off the Jaguars' practice squad late last season, he's been one of the bigger surprises on the team this year.

Proving Brees' point, the two teams have gone through a number of roster changes since their Week 1 clash.

Alvin Kamara and Mike Ingram were taken out of the Saints' wild-card game against the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans still won because Drew Brees was vintage Drew Brees.

"At 6'6", Rudolph can be an asset in the red zone as Keenum looks to find a reliable target that can create separation from a defender. Kamara rushed the ball seven times and Mark Ingram had six attempts for 17 yards.

On Friday, Volin reported that the Vikings are planning on dressing Bradford for the first time since Week 5. To replace Cook, the Vikings have had running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon combining for over 1,300 rushing yards.

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