Rookie class powered Saints to playoffs, could make history

Rookie class powered Saints to playoffs, could make history

Rookie class powered Saints to playoffs, could make history

It's the same game our New Orleans Saints will play in this Sunday, easily the biggest game for the team in over five years.

"I remember jumping in some leaves, getting so cold outside we got locked out of a vehicle", Jordan said with a chuckle.

Asked how he might attack Brees, Zimmer said, "I don't want to give away my rush plan". He will provide immediate depth on the offensive line while sliding into a backup role.

Now Jordan is preparing for a high-stakes playoff clash in Minnesota, where he spent his early childhood while his father was being named to Pro Bowls - six in all - for the Vikings. His combination of size, speed and ball skills changed the complexion of Dennis Allen's secondary, where Lattimore spent almost half the season in a star corner role, shadowing and frustrating some of the game's more feared receivers - Brandin Cooks, Julio Jones and Mike Evans, to name a few.

"You grow up and you get drafted by the Saints", Jordan added. Saints won 2009 NFC championship game at home. The team with the elite defense tends to hold the edge in these offense vs. defense showdowns, but five points may be a hard spread to cover against a Saints offense led by one of the game's all-time great quarterbacks. In last week's wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers, Jordan's play lifted the defense as he had three tackles, one for loss, one sack, two passes defensed and forced quarterback Cam Newton into a costly intentional grounding penalty on Carolina's final drive.

For the Saints to win this game, it might have to be a signature win for Payton as one of the best game planners in the business - much like last week's win was a testament to Brees' greatness. If Minnesota had played a more hard schedule, they would not be held in as high regard as they are now.

"When you put a good scheme and real good players together, that's what you're seeing now", he said this week. "He probably won't open it".

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Jordan was a full participant in practice on Thursday after being limited Wednesday with a knee injury. "So I came back at him and said he had a pretty weak one (against the Buccaneers). Like, that's his grill".

In his bet with the Minneapolis mayor, Landrieu also suggested that maybe Saints running back Alvin Kamara will throw in some airheads, something he's been doing after scoring touchdowns.

"I'm excited to be back at the Bank", Line said.

Peterson had a couple of good games with the Cardinals - he ran 26 timesfor 134 yards in a 38-33 victory over Tampa Bay, and 37 times for 159 yards in a 20-10 victory over San Francisco - but finished with just 529 rushing yards in 10 games when his season was ended by a neck injury in mid-December.

Zimmer said tight coverage by the back end of the defense could slow Brees slightly.

Perhaps taking time to weigh what New Orleans had to offer, Landrieu responded about 25 minutes later, offering up Mardi Gras King Cakes. "We have a group third-down meeting, [which] we had today, and then we'll have more tomorrow".

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