The Vikings had a bye allowing them two weeks to prepare for Sunday's division round game that kicks off at 3:40.
The Saints returned home six days later and got a similar stiff arm from the New England Patriots in a 36-20 loss. Case Keenum and company have been excellent at protecting the football this season, and it is a significant factor in the Vikings'success.
"I would expect that they've kind of grown into their own identity now", Saints linebacker Manti Te'o said. "We worked hard all season long to get this playoff game at home and we intend to take advantage of it". It's been a stirring ride worthy of the late John Facenda and the NFL Films orchestra providing the soundtrack. The Saints' defense also started to find its way. The goals couldn't be more defined or profound, football-wise or geography-wise.
Again, back in September the last time these two teams met, such lofty aspirations seemed like a foolish wish. Carolina's comeback stalled when Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan beat right tackle Daryl Williams with a quick swim move, bull rushed running back Christian McCaffery and forced Cam Newton into an intentional grounding - forcing third-and-23 with 19 seconds left.
Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes has said Smith should be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, which would also be fine with Smith. He only had one game this season where he threw more interceptions than touchdowns.
Minnesota is a formidable foe, possessing the NFL's top-ranked defense.
"I have no doubts the Saints will beat the Vikings this Sunday and continue their path to the Super Bowl", said Kennedy. "I am so confident that we will win, I bet Senator Klobuchar a king cake".
- Quarterback Nick Foles wasn't given much of a chance to carry the weight of the Eagles' playoff hopes as the replacement for Carson Wentz.
News of Bradford's activation began to heat up on Friday when the Boston Globe's Ben Volin cited a league source that Minnesota planned to dress the quarterback for Sunday's game. Since 2013, quarterbacks making their first career playoff starts have gone 3-12, with two of those wins coming in games where one first-time quarterback played another first-time quarterback, meaning there needed to be a victor. This is Keenum's first playoff start. RB ALVIN KAMARA had rush TD last week.
Zimmer said Bradford is working his way back in with the other quarterbacks but 'has a ways to go still'.
Here are three X-factors for the Vikings against the Saints. The Saints can win in so many ways while the Vikings still appear as a team that can make the minimum mistakes if they want to advance. And if you're going to try the wild rice that Minnesota is so proud of, you should bring along some Red Beans to go with it.
Is the Saints' season about to end, or will the circle remain unbroken?
For Hodges, who was traded to San Francisco in the middle of the 2015 season, the departure from Minnesota hurt for a while.
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Per l'associazione "rincari del 13,91%, come per la Milano Serravalle , vuol dire mandare in tilt i bilanci dei pendolari". La Brescia-Bergamo-Milano ad esempio aumenta la tariffa autostradale del 4,69%.
This is despite the team trying to keep their relationship with the outspoken parent respectful as recently as last month. The Lakers ended their nine-game skid by defeating Atlanta 132-113. "So, it definitely felt good tonight".
Skies will be mostly cloudy Friday with highs ranging from near 20 northeast to the 30s for far western Kansas. Temperatures are forecast to be moderate Thursday and Friday , with highs expected in the 40s.
Emergency personnel evacuate local residents and their dogs through floodwaters January 9 after a mudslide in Montecito , Calif. His father, Pinit Sutthithepa, and 2-year-old sister, Lydia, are among the missing, the county sheriff's office said.
Jose Mourinho has suggested that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be sold if Manchester United receive the right price for his services. The Armenian shone for United last season, when given the opportunity, finishing the campaign with 11 goals.
The stock of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE:CBI) earned "Buy" rating by Tudor Pickering on Wednesday, October 28. KBC Group NV acquired a new stake in shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron during the second quarter valued at about $1,453,000.
Some 162 passengers and six crew members were on board the Boeing 737-800, which had departed the Turkish capital Ankara. Other images from Dogan news agency showed smoke emanating from the trapped plane .
US Federal Reserve management expects rate increase in 2018
February gold futures lost 0.2 percent to $1,315.30 per troy ounce, while spot gold recovered 0.07 percent to 1,314.16 an ounce. United States crude rose 2.34 per cent to US$61.78 per barrel and Brent was last at US$67.89, up 1.98 per cent on the day.
Vikings activate Sam Bradford off IR
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported it is unknown if Bradford will dress, but he said the veteran is "quite healthy". Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum.
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