Brees vs. Keenum: Will Playoff Savvy Prevail in Saints-Vikings?


There also is no debating the fact that one reason the 13-3 Vikings will play the Saints on Sunday in an NFC Divisional playoff game is because they were willing to jettison Peterson last spring. Keenum, though, has been overcoming the odds all season, let alone his career. More than a few have resigned themselves to the idea that it won't be if the Vikings fail to win (or even qualify for) the Super Bowl, but when and how they will pour the opportunity down their leg. Bridgewater was activated off injured reserve on the same day that Bradford was placed on IR.

The Vikings had just one sack in the Week 1 win over New Orleans, but as Head Coach Mike Zimmer detailed this week, for his defense the rush-plan changes on a week-to-week basis (see Week 16 vs. Brett Hundley in Green Bay), and sacks are not always the top priority for his pass-rushers.

The NFC Championship will be set following Sunday evening's game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of Super Bowl 52. The Vikings are favored by four points due to home-field advantage, but you have to think this one comes down to special teams, third-down efficiency, a key late takeaway or something small of that nature.

- Running back Jay Ajayi was traded by the Miami Dolphins to the Eagles on October 31 and has tag-teamed with LeGarrette Blount to make the Eagles' backfield more explosive and diverse.

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"Although we are acutely aware that the Vikings are being portrayed as the "next big thing" we believe it would be foolhardy to discount the experience Drew Brees brings in postseason contests", Jones said. He caught seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening win over the Saints.

WHO PUBLIC BETTORS LIKE: New Orleans. But if they wanted to use the quarterback who beat the Saints in Week 1 in their rematch with New Orleans, they'd be able to do so. The Vikings are seventh in the league averaging 122 yards rushing per game, and the Saints have run for 129 per game. "He's working in, but he's got a way to go still". "Either way, I'm going to be me", said Keenum, whose successful takeover for the injured Sam Bradford helped lead the Vikings (13-3) to their best record in 19 years. New Orleans, meanwhile, entered the season with most believing their defense would again be their downfall, but instead they've produced one of the best secondaries in the National Football League and have shown the ability to shut down opposing passing games.