John DeShazier's keys to a Saints victory over the Vikings
Jan 15 2018 by Dustin Murphy
The "home" team for the Super Bowl is determined on an alternating basis, and the AFC team is scheduled to be the home club for Super Bowl LII. Gary Anderson's missed field goal against Atlanta. And they took it.
"We're going to go the Mall of America, I've never been there".
There are many other bad memories, of course.
Keenum's completion percentage ranked second in the National Football League among qualifying passers behind Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose 72.0 rate edged past Bradford's 2016 mark of 71.6 for a new National Football League record. Four of them. The Vikings lost them all. "This is our year!" In addition to the running game, the Saints feature an improved defense led by rookie corner Marshon Lattimore.
The flight for Saints fan Joe Berniard was a fast one, but was filled with friendly faces.
For the Vikings, Case Keenum became the starting quarterback and won 12 games to lead Minnesota to a 13-3 overall record.
Vikings fans, though, know those wins will be as easy as a round-trip flight to Mars.
But Carolina found a way to shut down the run game, holding the Saints to just 41 rushing yards. As for the Bears, they were just awful all year. Minnesota ranked second in rushing defense and passing defense.
- 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. And if you dismiss them by calling them lucky, you are missing the whole point.
All in all, the Vikingsdefense is no joke. Same, too, for their ability to overcome the loss of Bradford and Cook. Their defense has been outstanding.
After failing to practice all week because of a neck injury, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman was declared out on Friday for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweeted Friday the "Vikings plan to dress" Bradford, who hasn't been active since Week 5 against the Chicago Bears.
I'm not buying it, frankly.
Aside from their fearsome defense, perhaps US Bank Stadium itself will prove the Vikes' saving grace. He was flawless. Unfortunately for Bradford, that would be one of only two games he'd appear in for the rest of the 2017 season due to a knee injury.