Vikings would face Eagles in NFC Championship with win over Saints


Come Sunday, he will have an opportunity to let his actions speak for his disappointment when the Vikings (13-3) play the Saints (12-5) in a NFC divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Saints look to build on their home win last weekend against the Carolina Panthers and keep their Super Bowl aspirations alive as they take to the road to battle the defensively stout Minnesota Vikings in a contrast of styles that should make for a very exciting game.

New Orleans jettisoned former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after a miserable four-game run and thrived with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, becoming one of the league's most risky running back duos.

In Week 1 of the 2017 season, Sam Bradford played perhaps the best game of his career, as the Minnesota Vikings beat the visiting New Orleans Saints 29-19.

The moment kicker Garrett Hartley booted the Saints to their first NFC championship and into Super Bowl XLIV, the game became an instant National Football League classic. Teddy Bridgewater, the third quarterback on the Vikings roster, has barely played this season as he works his way back from his horrific leg injury. It was a depressingly familiar 0-2 start for New Orleans, the Saints' fourth in as many seasons.

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Just because the Vikings won handily in Week 1, it does not mean Sunday's playoff game will have a similar result. "If I perform like I know I can we're going to be good".

But what's made the difference for both these sides from last season is the improvements on the other side of the ball.

New Orleans and their high-powered offence travel to the site of Super Bowl 52 to take on Minnesota's ferocious defence. Not more conservative or less conservative. "I'd like to remind my friend Senator Kennedy that the Vikings kicked off this season with a win against New Orleans-and I know we can do it again!" said Klobuchar. Kamara and Melvin Ingram will have to come off the blocks in this game.

The expectation is that Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is a finalist for the Arizona Cardinals' open head coaching position, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Coleman had 23 catches during the regular season for 364 yards and three touchdowns. They didn't do it. Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the team's history of choking earlier this month and stressed that there's no such thing as a curse, and his team would either win or lose because they'd either outplay their opponent or they wouldn't.

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Now, Hodges gets to go back and play against his former team.

They are also coming off a week's rest. Murray had a 100-yard effort in a two-touchdown Week 17 performance against the Chicago Bears.

The Vikings have a lot of keys guys with dings, but all should suit up and play.

Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes has said Smith should be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, which would also be fine with Smith.

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