Point Spread in Saints vs. Vikings Playoff Matchup Climbs Again 1/11/18

Point Spread in Saints vs. Vikings Playoff Matchup Climbs Again 1/11/18

Eight years ago, the last Minnesota team considered a strong Super Bowl contender was on the verge of victory in New Orleans in the NFC championship game despite four earlier turnovers inside the raucous Superdome.

The other team they're facing, however, is favored to win.

The teams found their identity but had plenty of personnel changes along the way.

Where do I begin? "I think it will be a personal game, kind of back where I started my journey". The secondary was a mess in the first game, with throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

"I would expect that they've kind of grown into their own identity now", Saints linebacker Manti Te'o said.

New Orleans and the Vikings have a long history going back to the Saints' first playoff game in 1987, when the Saints were trounced by the Vikings. He earned his way onto the roster with four sacks in the preseason, but he played a total of only 22 defensive snaps all season. Minnesota also has been without Cook since he tore his ACL in Week 4.

Frey tweeted at Landrieu about 8:30 a.m.: "I hear you want to make a bet" on this weekend's Vikings-Saints game. Hendrickson, a third-round pick from Florida Atlantic, showed promise in a supporting role as a pass-rusher.

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Minnesota should head into Sunday healthy, including the return of rookie center Pat Elflein from a shoulder injury.

The Saints (11-5) and quarterback Drew Brees will be tested Sunday, Jan. 14, at U.S. Bank Stadium by a team whose past five opponents have converted a combined 12 of 65 third-down opportunities - 18.4 percent. He showed his flexibility by starting games at both right tackle and left tackle and flashed his versatility in the run game and passing game. "Obviously this is a very exciting season for the Vikings, and I was just thinking, "Should I be watching the game on the field, or should I be watching my grandma's reaction to that game?'" He had two sacks and a forced fumble before missing the final three games of the regular season with an ankle injury. Rhodes kicked off his "Rhodes Closed" campaign in 2017 by limiting Thomas to 45 yards on five catches and no touchdowns. In their loss to the Vikings, the Saints ran for 60 yards. Teams have thrown into Rhodes' coverage just 84 times for an average of 6.4 yards per attempt. "You know it's in MPLS - just like wk1 was - right?" He is a perennial Pro Bowler having his best season in the pros.

What's the biggest concern for the team you cover heading into the weekend?

The Vikings are ninth in the National Football League in red zone touchdown percentage. And that leaves another first-team All-Pro, safety, to help against the run game, while second-team All-Pro pass-rusher helps to disrupt Brees.

In his tweet, Frey told Landrieu when it comes to a bet, he's got a deal and Frey is putting up some Minneapolis raised wild rice.He also thanked Landrieu in advance for his generosity.

For the Saints to win this game, it might have to be a signature win for Payton as one of the best game planners in the business - much like last week's win was a testament to Brees' greatness.

"What we found was, obviously, we were trying to find touches for Adrian and yet that was taking touches away from Mark - and maybe stunting the growth of Kamara a little bit", Brees said. Vikings allowed 27 sacks in regular season, seventh fewest in league.

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