Sam Bradford expected to be in uniform for Vikings on Sunday

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

In this case, what happened in that September 11 opener is indicative of the teams meeting in Minnesota for the second time this year.

The New Orleans Saints carry their high octane offense into Minnesota to take on the Vikings in the NFC divisional round on Sunday.

"We'll chuckle and laugh after we get this win about his team", he said.

For Hodges, who was traded to San Francisco in the middle of the 2015 season, the departure from Minnesota hurt for a while. In the back of everyone's minds are the horrifying losses of past seasons, but this team has its chance to beat the past Minnesota demons by seeking playoff revenge. The Vikings defense is a very close second.

With his favorite new toy taken away by the teacher, Brees just used his wide receivers to push the ball down the field. The Vikings are so far down their depth chart they can nearly see Josh Freeman.

A number of Vikings players and coaches accused the Saints of deliberately trying to knock Favre out of the game at the time, but it was only until years later that the punishment for this game was issued out.

Both teams underwent significant changes since the Vikings' 29-19 victory. The whole atmosphere being in the playoffs has been a blast.

As the Vikings look like contenders to appear in a Super Bowl in their home stadium, Keenum is playing the best football of his life, and he'll be paid handsomely for that unexpectedly Herculean effort.

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There is no denying how good Mike Zimmer has this defense playing. Minnesota's defense is elite in all three levels.

If nothing works for the Saints in the running game, like it did a week ago against Carolina, Brees should be able to win the game by himself through the air. They don't need to force any turnovers, and they do not need to score. When you just look at the defensive side of the ball there are six to seven you can even say eight players that are among the best at their position-again at least at every level of defense all three levels of defense they have players that are considered some of the best their position, that's why it's going to be a very hard task for the Saints this weekend and on the flip side, the injuries they on defense, you know at some point you know just logically, you would think that would catch up with them-they been able to mask those injuries thus far. The Saints defense doesn't rank up there with its offense - New Orleans was No. 2 in the National Football League in yards gained this season, No. 17 in yards allowed - but it's been scrappy and opportunistic when it counted. This shows the Saints can beat you in many different ways. Don't be surprised if he makes a big play against an inexperienced Vikings passing game.

The teams found their identity but had plenty of personnel changes along the way.

Match-Up Of The WeekTedd Ginn Jr. You'll also want to pack some items that reflect the flavor and spirit of New Orleans. In games that Ginn has caught a touchdown, the Saints have yet to lose.

Thomas is projected to finish with 69 yards on seven receptions; Ginn is projected to finish with 49 yards on four receptions.

Ginn's speed makes him a deep threat that opposing teams can not ignore but corners Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander are up to the task. And don't expect the Vikings to reveal their plans.

This is a matchup that not many people will talk about, but if the Saints win, Ginn will most likely have a factor in it.

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