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Sunday's game will be the second playoff game the Vikings have hosted under head coach Mike Zimmer, but it's the first the Vikings have hosted at U.S. Bank Stadium.
One key for the Vikings offense in a possible rematch: center Pat Elflein, who did not play against the Panthers on December 10 because of a shoulder injury, is expected to be ready for the Vikings' Jan. 14 playoff game.
But they have the necessary elements to defy the odds, a capable quarterback in Case Keenum who's playing at an elite level though this will be his first playoff appearance, a good running game led by Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon in the absence of injured rookie Dalvin Cook and the NFL's top-ranked defense. The Panthers held the Saints' run game in check the whole game, holding them to under two yards a carry.
The Saints (12-5 SU, 9-8 ATS) were 6.5-point favourites last Sunday vs. Carolina and beat the NFC South rival Panthers for a third time this season, this time by a score of 31-26. Rookie Marshon Lattimore wasn't yet a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
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Not much has changed for Brees, who even in his 17th season, remains one of football's elite quarterbacks.
The New Orleans Saints are about to take their season back to where it started.
"We're really lucky to have both of them, and I think the way we use both of them throughout the course of a game, whether it be individually or both at the same time, it presents a real one-two punch".
That raises the question, in a week full of matchups between playoff veterans and postseason neophytes, how much experience matters at this point of the season. Kamara was especially impactful, scoring 13 touchdowns and averaging 7.73 yards per touch. The bitterness in Minnesota toward the team in black and gold only increased two years later when an National Football League investigation concluded then-New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams encouraged a bounty system created to financially reward players for hitting and injuring Favre.
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They'll also have to figure out how to handle quarterback, where all three - Keenum, Bradford and Bridgewater - are set for free agency in a few months.
"We came down here for Mardi Gras, and I stayed", said Sweeney.
"I got tickets for the game and the plane, and a crying towel for these two", said Mickelson.
Brees has statistically been the NFL's most accurate QB for a long time; he's also one of its hardest to sack. As is the ability of the defense to continue playing as they have all season (they are the top defense in the league) by stopping the run, eliminating the short passing game to Kamara and rattling Brees in the pocket.
Zimmer added playing at home is an advantage for Keenum. I expect the U.S. Bank crowd to be a factor in that.
Just one step closer to me potentially dying a happy man. "Our fans have been great all year and I expect them to be outstanding this ball game and I expect us to play well", Zimmer said. I think that's their mantra: "they want to create havoc for the offense".