"Probably as some assistant in Kansas City, or something", he said, breaking into the hearty laugh for which he's been known during his time as Minnesota's "Garrulous Governor Chilly". Defensively, the Saints yielded 19.7 points and 328.6 total yards (216.8 in passing and 111.8 in rushing) per game. But the strength of the Vikings is their defense, which ranked No. 1 in the National Football League in total yards (275.9) and points allowed (15.8). While a change at the position at this critical juncture would seem foolish on the part of Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, he is still clearly keeping his options open ahead of the Vikings second-round playoff matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
The other problem the Saints have is that they have to keep their heads on a swivel: The Vikings also have two fantastic wideouts in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in addition to running back Latavius Murray, who has scored eight times.
The Vikings have a fine team and are favored to at least reach the big game, now that our guy Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles is out for the year with a knee injury and backup Nick Foles is not exactly North Dakota Tough. The Saints led that one wire to wire but their defense was forced to stop a driving Cam Newton at the very end of the game to escape with the victory.
"I think now there's more of a sense of balance on offence", Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said when asked why, other than the defence, the team is better off without Peterson.
Since then, the Saints have revamped their offensive identity, unleashing Brees downfield only after a steady dose of Ingram and Kamara underneath has helped take the top of the defense. We're going to go in there with a confidence and a swagger, and play the kind of ball we know how to play. But we found out who we are. Drew Brees is looking to win his 2nd Super Bowl but he's going to have to get by Case Keenum and the ruthless Vikings.
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"With the playoff, you lose and you go home", he said.
Bradford hasn't played in a full game since throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the opener against the Saints.
After last year's upsetting overtime loss at the Super Bowl against the Patriots, the Falcons enter this playoff season with one objective: don't repeat last year. They've been mixing him in and getting him some reps here and there.
For the Vikings, Case Keenum became the starting quarterback and won 12 games to lead Minnesota to a 13-3 overall record.
They have to face one of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation though in Drew Brees, who picked apart the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Wild Card Game last weekend.