Zimmer hasn't decided on Bradford's status against the Saints

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2018

The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder caught 23 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games played.

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara can set the tone in the backfield, and the latter has been explosive in the passing game also. So if the Vikings are going to overcome any potential hiccups from Keenum, they'll need Murray and McKinnon to exploit that.

It's more about whether the Vikings defence can keep Brees and Co quiet, helped by a raucous crowd and home-field advantage.

"It doesn't matter", McKinnon snapped.

It'll fall on that No. 1-ranked Vikings defense to stop the Saints' offensive storm-Thunder, Lightning and Brees from making it rain passes. In that game, Ingram and Kamara combined for 35 yards rushing and 74 yards receiving, while competing with the since-jettisoned Adrian Peterson for touches. "Defensively we got the takeaways". They've also managed to adequately fill a string of potentially crushing injuries on defense to stalwarts like Nick Fairley (never played, heart condition), linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro thanks to the brilliant All-Pro worthy play of defensive end Cam Jordan and Rookie of the Year-worthy work of cornerback Marshon Lattimore, among others. They each had more than 1,500 total yards in 2017.

The Saints have actually been pretty good at getting takeaways this season, tied for ninth with 25.

And while I have trouble recalling what I did two or three days ago, the sights and sounds of the afternoon of January 24, 2009, inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, then known simply as the Louisiana Superdome, still remain loud and clear in my mind.

The bottom line is what its been doing all season long won't likely be enough against this defense in that building. Why they didn't throw the other, I have no idea. "I liked in Timarron, he lived a half a mile away and we were frustrated golfers I would say". It's just now me and Jerick have had to step up. "They're afraid the pipes might freeze, and then we'd have a lot of issues".

Starting quarterback has been a big topic around the Vikings since the start of last season. The betting underdog is just 3-16 SU in the last 19 National Football League divisional games. The Eagles have LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, and the Falcons trot out Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

"We talked about it", Payton told Twin Cities reporters on a conference call. "That's a solid combo".

"They know I did my job there, and unfortunately, I had to have a surgery where they didn't think I'd be ready for training camp", Line said. What about for Murray?

"When we finally won, it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders, just all the negativity". He'll factor significantly into the gameplan Sunday as Minnesota will want to limit the Saints' chances with the ball.

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