Discussion in 'Minnesota Vikings' started by Will, Jan 7, 2018.
Sunday, Jan 14th 4:40 PM ET....................................... U.S. Bank Stadium
Saints at Vikings
This is a rematch of the Week 1 Monday Night Football game that the Minnesota Vikings won 29-19. Both teams are different this time around; Case Keenum is calling signals for Minnesota instead of Sam Bradford, and the rookie Kamara is a focal point of the New Orleans offense.
This should be an excellent game...
This will be a test to see just how good the Vikings are...it's not the same team they faced earlier these guys are Tough now let's hope it's not no shootout GO VIKINGS
I'm glad there playing in Minnesota it's funny at the Superdome the calls seem go the Saints way at times...just can't forget the many bad calls in the NFL Championship Game
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings will open the playoffs the same way they opened the regular season — with a home game against the New Orleans Saints.
Minnesota spent its weekend resting during its first-round bye after the Vikings went 13-3 and claimed the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs.
The Vikings now prepare for their first playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Kickoff is Sunday at 3:40 p.m. (CT).
The Saints won the NFC South at 11-5 before getting a dramatic 31-26 win over the Panthers in the Wild Card round. It was the third time this season New Orleans had beaten Carolina.
Passing: Case Keenum finished the season 11-3 as a starter and helped the Vikings win another game by entering just before halftime at Chicago. The Vikings quarterback finished his first season by throwing for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Keenum also posted a season-long quarterback rating of 98.3, which was the seventh-best in the NFL in 2017 and is the fifth-highest by a Vikings QB. He had eight games in which he had a rating of 100 or better.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 23 of 33 passes for 376 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against Carolina. He had a quarterback rating of 115.2.
Brees set an NFL record by completing 72 percent of his passes (386 completions on 536 attempts). He threw for 4,334 yards, the 12th season of his career with 4,000-plus passing yards, and had 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Rushing: A season after eclipsing 100-plus rushing yards just twice, the Vikings ground game did so 13 times this season behind a triple-headed attack. Minnesota finished 2017 ranked seventh with 122.3 yards per game.
Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon promptly picked up the slack when rookie running back Dalvin Cook got injured, combining for 1,412 rushing yards in 2017.
Murray led the way with 847 yards and a team-high eight rushing touchdowns, as he overcame a slow start to produce a pair of 100-yard games and consistent attack down the stretch. McKinnon scored a career-high three times on the ground and added 570 rushing yards.
Saints rookie Alvin Kamara had 23 yards and a score on 10 carries against Carolina, while Mark Ingram had 22 yards on nine attempts.
Former Vikings fullback Zach Line had a 1-yard touchdown run for New Orleans.
Kamara and Ingram combined for 1,852 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns during the regular season. Ingram had 1,124 yards and a dozen scores, and Kamara had 728 yards and eight touchdowns.
New Orleans ranked fifth overall with 129.4 rushing yards per game. (Vikings.com)
Defense: The Vikings produced the best defense in the league — and one of the best in franchise history. Minnesota ranked first in points allowed (15.8), the first time it had done so since 1970. The Vikings also allowed the fewest yards per game (275.9), the team’s best mark since 1993.
If that wasn’t enough, Minnesota also had the best third-down defense in NFL history (the stat started being tracked in 1991). The Vikings allowed just 51 conversions on 202 attempts (25.2 percent).
Everson Griffen notched a career-high 13 sacks with three forced fumbles, and Danielle Hunter added 7.0 sacks. Brian Robison had 4.0 of his own.
Linval Joseph anchored a defensive line that allowed the second-fewest rushing yards per game at 83.6, and he also added 3.5 sacks. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks formed one of the most formidable linebacker duos in the NFL.
Barr, a Pro Bowl selection had 98 total tackles (according to coaches’ tally) with a sack and nine tackles for loss. Kendricks had 136 total tackles (according to coaches’ tally) with 10 tackles for loss and added a 31-yard interception return for a score against Cincinnati. It was the third time in as many seasons for Kendricks to lead the Vikings in tackles.
Harrison Smith nabbed five picks to tie a career high, and he had 93 total tackles (according to coaches’ tally) along with 10 tackles for loss. Andrew Sendejo had 98 total tackles (according to coaches’ tally) with two interceptions. Xavier Rhodes routinely shut down opponents’ top wide receivers, and Trae Waynes showed great growth in his third season as he and Smith tied for the team lead with 14 passes defensed. Rhodes and Waynes had two picks.
New Orleans allowed 413 total yards of offense against Carolina on Sunday and did not force a turnover. The Saints fared well in the red zone, only allowing one Panthers touchdown on four trips inside the 20-yard line, and also recorded four sacks by four different players.
The Saints defense tied for 10th in the regular season by allowing 20.4 points per game, and were 17th in yards allowed (336.5 per game).
Defensive end Cameron Jordan finished with 13 sacks, and rookie cornerback Marcus Lattimore led the Saints with five interceptions. (Vikings.com)
This is a game where Trae Waynes better have his game tight CAUSE TED GINN will,I know Drew Brees can handle the Pressure but can Case Keenum fingers crossed here
so the Saints are on a Seek and Destory mission ok so now it's WAR GO VIKINGS!!!!!! Crush them Saints
Saints talking trash. Vikings will feed on this and take care of business on the field.
McKinnon TD GO VIKINGS
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