New Orleans developed into one of the most balanced offenses over the course of the regular season, favoring the ground game in large spurts.
If you want to watch this game on your phone, be sure to hit up NFL Mobile on Verizon to view this NFC Divisional Round game on your mobile device. And, most importantly, offensive coordinator Pat Shumur can focus on making the most of his personnel, including quarterback Case Keenum, without worrying about a sideline meltdown from an aging and temperamental star. The group finished the year 17 in total defense in terms of yards allowed, but were 10 in points allowed per game at 20.4. We had read - or in some cases, written - that story countless times before.
The duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have provided nightmares for opposing defenses this season. Two playoff victories would put them in arguably the most unique Super Bowl environment in history, even as the National Football League has mechanisms in place to make it as neutral as possible.
Along with Bridgewater, inactive for the Vikings were quarterback Kyle Sloter, wide receiver Stacy Coley, running back Mack Brown, guard Danny Isidora, center Cornelius Edison and defensive end Tashawn Bower. He started his second year with Minnesota in style, completing 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards with three touchdowns and a career-best passer rating of 143.0.More news: Saudi Women Attend, Cheer at Live Soccer Match for the First Time
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The Vikings, led by the speed of linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, have held several pass-catching running backs to minimal production this season. The Vikings are so far down their depth chart they can nearly see Josh Freeman.
Asked on Friday if Bradford was ready to play in a game, Zimmer said, "I think so". Rookie Marshon Lattimore, who has five interceptions, also joins Jordan as the Pro Bowler on defense.
Minnesota, who were at home in that one, came away with the 29-19 victory, though it's hard to read too much into that one.
Now the Vikings have an opportunity to become the first team to play a Super Bowl on home turf, a feat the Saints would be happy to deny. But we found out who we are.
The Vikings have a fine team and are favored to at least reach the big game, now that our guy Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles is out for the year with a knee injury and backup Nick Foles is not exactly North Dakota Tough.