Saints vs. Vikings Live Stream

Lynette Rowe
January 15, 2018

All the way back in Week 1, the Minnesota Vikings got their season off to an excellent start by defeating the visiting New Orleans Saints, 29-19. The Vikings couldn't turn to former first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater as he, too, was still recovering from a devastating knee injury. Turnovers are magnified in the postseason, so Keenum needs to take care of the football against a Saints defense that had 20 interceptions in the regular season. Case Keenum was probably taking a nap on the sideline.

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 crowd noise and the Vikings' defense will be tough for the Saints to contend with Sunday night when they meet in an NFC divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. This is going to be a very exciting game and while the Vikes have home field here I think the line is moving in the wrong direction as this one should be a field goal game. He started his second year with Minnesota in style, completing 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards with three touchdowns and a career-best passer rating of 143.0.

- 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.

Minnesota has weapons in the passing game in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph, so it isn't just about stopping the other team. The last five percent of tickets ordinarily go to the host team, though a 1998 resolution required each team to receive the same number of tickets for the game.

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"I enjoyed the time I spent with those teams", he said of his interviews, "but you quickly get back into preparing for the Saints".

"I read his book a long time ago". When Bridgewater finally made it back during this season it was a great story.

And while the Vikings haven't been told whether or not they'll be able to utilize their typical gameday production elements, the NFL's focus on equity means use of normal home-game features - the Gjallarhorn, the fire-breathing dragon ship during player introductions, the exhortations for fans to send decibel levels soaring on opposing offense's third downs - likely would be limited, if available at all. As a team they have lost their last three road games and went 4-4 on the season away from New Orleans. The Vikings are so far down their depth chart they can nearly see Josh Freeman.

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